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PrEP Will be Offered Through the Florida Department of Health in Orange County

HIV PrEP will be offered throughout Orange County for free. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons
HIV PrEP will be offered throughout Orange County for free. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

By the end of the year, most Florida Department of Health offices will offer a drug that if taken preventatively, can reduce the risk of contracting HIV. Kent Donahue with the health department says Orange County will be one of the first to offer Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, for free to patients who qualify.

“In 2016, Orange County had 458 new cases of HIV. That’s an increase from the previous year. If you’re sexually active, PrEP might be an option for you.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection by 92 percent.

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Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan and is a graduate of both the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. In her free time, she enjoys playing her guitar, writing fiction, and cooking.