Infectious Disease Clinic - HIV Treatment - Health Services - Eskenazi Health

The goal of the Infectious Disease Clinic (IDC) is to improve the health and lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS. This requires long-term and consistent monitoring, which is provided alongside comprehensive, patient-focused care through services, education and research. Eskenazi Health IDC clinicians have more than 75 years of combined infectious disease care experience. Patients are provided phone access with the IDC team to facilitate meetings to discuss their current needs and create an individual treatment plan.

Eskenazi Health IDC also offers PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) to those at high risk for contracting HIV. PrEP is for people who don’t have HIV but are at ongoing risk of HIV infection. By taking a pill every day, PrEP serves as a powerful HIV prevention tool for individuals and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. To find out if PrEP is right for you, request an appointment or contact us for more information. 

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The clinic also offers access to medical social workers and HIV care coordinators sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health and Marion County Public Health Department to provide HIV case management services. The team of case managers partners with HIV-positive patients and their families or significant others to prevent interruptions in patients’ medical care and facilitate healthy living by linking them to:

  • Medical care
  • Psycho-social support
  • Financial assistance
  • Full-time Spanish interpreter
  • Linkage to medical insurance
  • Medication adherence and education
  • Access to community resources
  • What is PrEP?

    PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a tool that can be used to help people who are HIV negative stay that way by reducing their risk of contracting the virus. Individuals who are at high risk for getting HIV through sex or injection drug use take a prescription called Truvada once a day, every day. Doing this, while practicing safe sex, has been shown to reduce the risk of becoming HIV positive by 92 percent.

  • How Does PrEP Work?

    The medicine taken with PrEP is usually prescribed to treat HIV. Since this medicine prevents HIV from reproducing in the body, it can be used to prevent HIV infection in people exposed to the virus in bodily fluids such as semen, pre-seminal fluid, vaginal secretions, rectal mucous or blood from an HIV-positive person. Most people who take Truvada for PrEP do not have side effects; however, one in 10 people in a study experienced mild side effects including headaches, nausea, diarrhea and stomachaches that went away after the first few weeks. Your provider can help if side effects are bothering you.

  • Is PrEP Right for Me?

    PrEP is recommended for anyone who:
    - Has more than one sex partner
    - Does not always use condoms
    - Is in a relationship with an HIV-positive partner
    - Is unsure if his or her sex partners are HIV positive
    - Has had an STD in the last six months
    - Has injected drugs in the last six months
    - Wants to have a baby with an HIV-positive partner

    Ask about PrEP if one or more of these apply to you or if you think you may be at risk for exposure to HIV.

  • What Should I Expect?

    While the everyday action of taking Truvada is relatively simple, PrEP is not just taking a pill. It is a prevention program. It includes HIV and STD testing every three months for as long as you choose to remain on PrEP.

    At your first appointment, please come prepared to discuss why you think PrEP is right for you. If you decide PrEP is the right choice, you will be tested for HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy (if applicable), as well as have blood work done to test your kidneys. Most people are able to start PrEP on the next business day.

    You will meet with your physician every three months for follow-up testing, prevention plan discussions and renewal of your medication prescription. 

  • How Do I Get PrEP?

    Many insurance programs cover PrEP. If you do not have insurance, financial counselors are available at all Eskenazi Health locations to assist with finding a low-cost insurance plan that can help to pay for the cost of PrEP. Additional assistance programs may be available to help pay for medication and can be discussed at your first appointment. 

For more information, please contact Eskenazi Health Infectious Disease Clinic at 317.880.3500.

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