Back in our March 2020 episode, This is Hope, we spoke with Dr. Larissa May about HIV screening in the ED. Screening programs, along with education and other resources, is making a difference, but there are still tens of thousands of new HIV cases in the U.S. each year, and probably 1-2 million new infections annually worldwide. There are clinical trials in progress studying potential HIV vaccines, which is exciting, but a widely available vaccine is still many years away. Luckily, we DO have a safe and effective way to help prevent new infections and transmission – pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Dr. Michael Casner joins us to share his expertise in all things PrEP, so we can help our patients stay safe and healthy.
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Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis
Dr. Michael Casner, Emergency Physician at Mount Sinai and Holy Cross hospitals in Chicago, IL, and part-time Emergency Medicine Faculty at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO.
Ready, Set, PrEP – medication at no cost for those who qualify
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