PrEP and PEP

PrEP and PEP are for those who do not have HIV, but may be at risk of contracting the virus. Via Care is committed to preventing HIV in our community through PrEP and PEP medication, navigation, risk reduction counseling, and comprehensive medical and behavioral health services.

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Medications for HIV-negative individuals both before HIV exposure (PrEP) and emergency treatment to reduce the chances of becoming infected with HIV after exposure (PEP) are now available in California without a physician’s prescription for the first 60 days. Via Care Pharmacy offers prescriptions for PrEP and PEP. 

What is PrEP?

  • PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a daily pill taken by individuals, who are HIV-negative, before they are potentially exposed to HIV.

  • PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 99% when taken consistently. 

  • PrEP is a course of medication called Truvada, which contains two antiretroviral medicines that interfere with HIV’s ability to take hold in the body if exposed to the HIV virus.

  • The PrEP pill must be taken daily with follow up care every 3 months for testing.

  • PrEP can be continued as long as there is risk of exposure and transmission. 

What is PEP?

  • PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is an emergency treatment that can reduce your chances of getting HIV after possible exposure.

  • PEP treatment must begin as soon as possible after potential exposure.

  • PEP treatment works best if begun within 72 hours (3 days) of exposure.

  • PEP is a 28-day preventative course of medication. 

What is High Risk Exposure?

  • Bottoming/Unprotected receptive anal sex or with a failed condom.

  • Topping/Unprotected insertive anal sex or with a failed condom.

  • Unprotected receptive vaginal intercourse or with a failed condom.

  • Unprotected insertive vaginal intercourse or with a failed condom.

  • Sharing injection drug paraphernalia.

PrEP Services

PrEP Navigation

PrEP Navigation for patients on PrEP ensures they receive the services and support they need to remain HIV and STI negative. PrEP Navigators assist with health insurance enrollment and medication benefits, risk reduction,|appointment scheduling, health education, and linkage to a myriad of community support services. 

Via Care accepts all patients regardless of insurance or financial status. Via Care offers a sliding fee discount schedule to all patients for all of our services. We also accept various forms of insurance.

See a PrEP and PEP Navigator at Via Care

For more information contact Elias Martinez, PrEp/PeP and HIV coordinator at (323) 895-2357 or (323) 268-9191 x 5021 or

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507 S. Atlantic Blvd.  Los Angeles, CA 90022 | P 323-268-9191 

Via Care Community Health Center provides services without the imposition of any durational residency requirement or requirement that the patient be referred by a physician.

Via Care is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n) for purposes of medical malpractice claims and, as such, qualified for protection under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

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