Contact: Isidra Person-Lynn
Communications Specialist
Desk: (323) 563-5833
Mobile: (213) 394-5075

David P. Lee, Director
Desk: (323) 563-5804.

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017  

HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Services Come to Charles R. Drew University & Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center Campuses

 

Dr. Wilbert Jordan, Medical Director of the OASIS Clinic at Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center and Associate Professor, Internal Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), recently announced that the OASIS Clinic has initiated biomedical services to prevent HIV. Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is one of the newest tools available in the HIV prevention toolbox.

PrEP is a way for people who don’t have HIV, but are at very high risk of contracting it, to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. It is an FDA-approved medication that is highly effective in preventing HIV when taken properly. South Los Angeles has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the entire county. It now has low and no-cost PrEP available as an additional strategy for fighting this epidemic.

To support patients in accessing PrEP clinical services, Charles R. Drew University recently received a grant from Gilead Sciences, the maker of the PrEP drug, Truvada. The grant funds PrEP Navigation Services to assist patients in navigating complex medical and psychosocial systems to help them obtain and adhere to PrEP. Under the direction of David P. Lee, Community Faculty at CDU, the program will be staffed with two PrEP Navigators with services available in English and Spanish. The Navigators will also increase patient education and community awareness in the Watts, Willowbrook, and Compton communities.

“PrEP information and access has spread like wildfire in many parts of LA County, but many of the people who come to our HIV testing site have never heard about PrEP. That’s unfortunate, because in many ways, the need is greatest here in South Central Los Angeles. Hopefully, this is the beginning of complete access for this community,” Lee says.

The PrEP Navigation Services are housed in Building M with the HIV Testing and Counseling Program. Since HIV testing is a required part of accessing PrEP services, the proximity of both programs provides seamless referrals for HIV testing, PrEP navigation, and PrEP clinical services. The office can be reached at 323-563-5804.

Jan B. King, MD, MPH, Area Health Officer for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Public Health, also announced PrEP clinics will be held there each Thursday, starting March 30, 2017 from 4:00PM to 8:00 PM. The health center is located at 11833 S. Wilmington Ave, Los Angeles, CA. The center can be reached at 323-568-8100, press “0” after the language prompt.

For more information, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/, and follow CDU on FacebookTwitter (@cdrewu), and Instagram (@charlesrdrewu).

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ABOUT CHARLES R. DREW UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 800 nurses and over a thousand other health professionals.

CDU is a private non-profit student centered University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement. ###

 

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