Lifelong presents Sexual Health Month and new advances to HIV prevention this September.
The FDA recently approved PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), which is a single pill someone would take every day to reduce the chances of getting HIV if they are currently HIV-negative, for adolescents ages 15 to 17 and weighing at least 77 lbs.
Lifelong’s PrEP program works in a three step process: educate people about PrEP, help them navigate through their health care and benefits, and then connect them to PrEP providers.
“In the State of Washington, there is no reason for anyone to not utilize PrEP because of finances – we can literally get PrEP to people for free,” Tony Koester, Lifelong’s Prevention Program Manager, explains.
Lifelong is one of nine Department of Health funded organizations that provide PrEP navigation.
This Sexual Health Month, Lifelong wants to promote their PrEP program because it is one of the most effective prevention methods in protecting people against HIV and it is part of Governor Jay Inslee’s proclamation to end AIDS in Washington.
Lifelong’s Seattle AIDS Walk & Picnic on September 29 also celebrates Sexual Health Month. The event has raised over $10 million since it was founded in 1986, and the funds go toward providing vital services for people that are affected by HIV. This event serves to honor the ones lost to the disease, and celebrate how far we’ve come, while also advocating for the important work that still needs to be done.
Seattle AIDS Walk & Picnic
Venue: Volunteer Park
Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm
More information & registration: sea-aidswalk.org