The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) is pleased to release the PrEP Education for Youth-Serving Primary Care Providers Toolkit, a first of its kind resource focused on supporting primary care providers (PCPs) serving youth.
The Toolkit combines the many excellent existing resources about PrEP and HIV with new content developed by experts in the field. The Expert Work Group, convened by SIECUS supported by funding from Gilead Sciences, Inc., focused on addressing issues surrounding PrEP delivery and contributed to the development of this online resource to support primary care providers in educating, counseling, and offering PrEP to their young patients.
Focusing on concerns from a provider perspective and provision of care to young patients disproportionately affected by HIV, the Toolkit includes tools and resources that PCPs can use in delivering PrEP care or in learning about particular aspects of PrEP delivery to youth:
- Clinical Tools
- Billing for PrEP
- HIV, Stigma, and Social Determinants of Health
- Youth and HIV Laws and Policies
- Additional Resources
Four years after the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved Truvada for use as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), providers and patients alike are generally unaware or harbor misconceptions about its use. Of the 1.2 million people for whom the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates PrEP is indicated, only 4% are using it. The drug has proven highly effective overall: multiple randomized controlled trials have found that PrEP can reduce transmission in individuals at substantial risk of HIV infection by as much as 92%. These findings have been replicated in real life settings.
Why Youth & PrEP?
Despite PrEP’s clinical success and its potential to change the course of the epidemic, there remains a gap between the efficacy of PrEP and the growing HIV epidemic among youth in the United States. Young people are among those most impacted by HIV, accounting for more than one in five new HIV infections in the United States. Every month, there are 1,000 new HIV cases among youth.
While there are multiple medical and other factors for consideration in offering PrEP to any individual, youth—across and responsive to all races and ethnicities, sexual orientation, and gender identities—need additional support and considerations relating to sexuality, privacy, confidentiality, and consent in accessing respectful health care. Young people deserve quality health care that includes information and access to PrEP as appropriate.
SIECUS welcomes your feedback and suggestions, please contact Jesse Boyer at email@example.com.