An HIV negative test can be the first step in accessing prevention services. For clients who are highly vulnerable to HIV infection, it is crucial that providers connect them to prevention services such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and/or other prevention services. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the PrEP continuum includes six steps: 1) targeting PrEP to the highest risk individuals; 2) screening individuals as PrEP candidates; 3) linkage to PrEP care; 4) initiation of a PrEP regimen; 5) retention in PrEP clinical care; 6) adherence and persistence to the PrEP treatment regimen.
These steps can serve as a roadmap in order to guide and support patients’ linkage to and engagement with prevention services. For clients who choose not to engage with PrEP services, there are many other HIV prevention services that they can be referred to.
The following resources can help health care providers link and engage patients with PrEP and/or other prevention services.
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