New Resource to Increase Access to PrEP Services in the Title X Family Planning Network
June 7, 2019
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs (OPA) recently published the Decision-Making Guide for the Provision of PrEP Services in Title X-Funded Sites, a new resource to help Title X family planning service sites make evidence-informed decisions about their role in assuring access to PrEP for HIV prevention services in their communities.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an effective prevention strategy for individuals who are at substantial risk for HIV. According to CDC, approximately 180,000 sexually active U.S. women of reproductive age are potential candidates for PrEP. However, awareness and uptake of PrEP among women at risk for HIV has been very limited.
The Title X Family Planning Program is the only federal program dedicated solely to providing family planning and related preventive health services. As a primary source of care for many women in the U.S., Title X family planning service sites are in a prime position to address the disparities in PrEP awareness and access among women to advance HIV prevention practices across the country, and many Title X family planning sites already offer PrEP services.
The Decision-Making Guide for the Provision of PrEP Services in Title X-Funded Family Planning Service Sites is an organizational decision-making tool for family planning organizations to consider their current level of PrEP service provision, if any, and the resources required to provide a level of service that assures access to PrEP services in their communities. This new resource describes the key decision-making factors for PrEP services and features an organizational checklist to help users determine which level of PrEP service provision will best serve their clients’ needs. While this resource was initially intended for Title X-funded agencies, it may also be applicable to other organizations offering family planning and related preventive health services.
To access the Decision-Making Guide and other resources on PrEP for HIV prevention in Title X family planning sites, please visit https://www.hhs.gov/opa/reproductive-health/hiv-and-staying-healthy/index.html