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Piñero Preventive Medical Care

Family Medicine & Preventive Medicine Specialists located in Orlando, FL

PrEP Specialist

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, can drastically reduce your chances of becoming infected with HIV if you know you’re at risk. Once you become a patient of Piñero Preventive Medical Care in Orlando, Florida, your caring physician will go through your options with you. In many cases, you can start your PrEP treatment plan right away. It’s easy to schedule an appointment to find out if PrEP is right for you: Either call or book an appointment online.


Why is HIV prevention important?

Human immunodeficiency virus, more commonly known as HIV, is a viral attack on your immune system. The virus destroys certain white blood cells — T-helper or CDR cells — while copying itself inside those white blood cells. As the virus continues breaking down healthy blood cells, your immune system gradually weakens.

If this should happen, you’ll have a harder time fighting infections and diseases, leaving you vulnerable to major illnesses. In just 10-15 years, untreated HIV can do so much damage that your immune system might stop working altogether. Because your health and your life is at stake, it’s critical for you to take precautions in preventing HIV from spreading.

What is PrEP?

PrEP is short for pre-exposure prophylaxis. Your practitioner at Piñero Preventive Medical Care might suggest going through PrEP treatments if you have a very high risk of HIV. This treatment involves taking two different HIV medications every day to help reduce your chances of HIV infection.

While you should always use protection during sexual activity, PrEP therapy can further decrease your risk of HIV if you know your partner is HIV positive. PrEP has been proven to be more than 90% effective against HIV infection from sexual intercourse when it’s used exactly how your doctor prescribes it. If your risk stems from sharing needles, PrEP can reduce your HIV infection chances by as much as 70%.

Who should take PrEP?

You should consider PrEP if you know your partner has HIV, or if you share needles with someone else who has HIV. It’s also common for all LGBT adults who aren’t in mutually monogamous relationships to get PrEP treatment, especially if condom use is infrequent during sexual intercourse.

Your doctor could suggest a round of PrEP if you have injected drugs or shared needles with someone in the past six months. That's why it’s essential to be open and honest with your practitioner. If you hide these details about your lifestyle, your doctor might not be able to help you prevent HIV with the use of PrEP.

Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who want to become pregnant might be able to take PrEP as well. This may be an option for protecting you and your baby if your partner is HIV-positive.


We accept most commercial insurances, Medicare and most Medicare PPOs and HMOs. Our office staff will be glad to assist you with your insurance coverage. When you first visit our office, please bring your current insurance card with you.

Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Coventry Health Care
First Health
Golden Rule
Great West
Health Choice

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Piñero Preventive Medical Care
1720 S. Orange Ave., Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32806
Phone: 407-426-9693
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