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HIV Prevention & Resources

Prevention is the best way to keep your self safe. Metro offers programs for testing, education, awareness and substance abuse recovery. If you are interested in learning more about our programs for yourself or a loved one, please call us today, and ask to speak with someone who works with the program you are interested in. Check the links on this page for more information! View Testing Times & Locations

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

  • For those HIV negative clients who are at high-risk for HIV infection, despite best efforts at risk reduction. This may include clients who have partners with HIV.
  • PrEP medication (Truvada) is a once-a-day anti-HIV pill with minimal side effects
  • When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone.
  • Our PrEP program includes:
    • Thorough HIV risk assessment and personalized recommendations for reduction of exposure
    • Complete laboratory studies at baseline and every three months
    • Routine physician visits at baseline and every 3 months
    • STD screening at each visit as needed
    • Prescription for PrEP medication sent to your local pharmacy for filling through your health insurance plan
    • Appointments are available at both our St. Petersburg and Ybor sites, during week day and some evening hours. We have easily accessible free parking.
    • We provide on-site lab draws. Laboratory studies are covered by most insurances; self-pay options are available.

We have programs for just about everyone!

Impact squareIMPAC+

A group for HIV-positive men who love men in the Tampa Bay area to meet, socialize, and talk about the issues important to them as they relate to being HIV-positive. Discussion topics include making safer sex fun, stigma/discrimination, dating and relationships, and disclosure of status, HIV and sexual health education, and a Prevention with Positives Program. The group is for newly diagnosed men, those who have been living with HIV for long periods of time, and everyone in between. At IMPAC+ you will have the opportunity to meet others and see how they deal with similar issues, share your experiences, and ask the questions you have always   wanted the answers to in a fun, confidential, and safe environment. IMPAC+ participants must be at least 18 years old.

City Mix – Mpowerment

A group for the gay, bisexual and transgender community to meet, socialize and talk about issues important to them. Discussion topics include: making safer sex fun, HIV/AIDS and other STIs, dating and relationships, stigma, discrimination, and more. At City Mix, you will have the opportunity to meet new people, see how others deal with similar issues, share your experiences, and ask the questions you have always wanted the answers to in a fun, confidential, and safe environment. City Mix participants must be at least 18 years old.

POL – Popular Opinion Leader

Popular Opinion Leaders are volunteer educators who work in the gay and bi community promoting safer sex, building HIV awareness, and influencing healthy lives. You can even enhance your resume and/or grad school application while developing your leadership skills or be part of our energetic Street Team and help break down stigma in our community. Join today by calling 813-232-3808.

Young Minds

Young Minds educates, increases awareness, and prevents substance abuse and HIV/AIDS through interactive group sessions, 1-on-1 goal setting and social activities. A program for young people between the ages of 13-24, must reside in Hillsborough or Pinellas County.



CTGClosing the Gap – Bloodlines Intervention

Bloodlines is an HIV prevention program that utilizes a video made by HIV+ youth. The video sparks discussion about the behaviors that put people at risk for HIV. Activities and discussions teach youth about how to prevent transmission of HIV and how to remain safe by using condoms or remaining abstinent.


CONTACT US

Pinellas County  727-321-3854
Hillsborough County  813-232-3808


Start Talking. Stop HIV.

START TALKING

It’s important to have conversations with your partner about safer sex and healthy relationships, but that can be a lot easier said than done.

Check out the advice at the link below on how to make these conversations work.

Tips & Conversation Starters

 

Let’s talk about HIV.

 

Please also check out our videos on Youtube

 

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