“Since eliminating the cost barriers in its Sexual Wellness Clinic/Orange Clinic, DAP Health has seen an ongoing STI increases while HIV has remained the same, according to CJ Tobe, the Director of Community Health and Sexual Wellness.

DAP Health knew access to these services would be vital while social activities increased.

In the first four months:

  • The Orange Clinic saw over 2,000 patients.
  • On average, DAP Health is seeing 170 more patients per month than when patients were being charged for services.
  • The clinic started the same amount of people on PrEP during the four months than they did in the prior 12 months.
  • There were over 50 appointments for rapid start to ensure people newly diagnosed with HIV, or returning to care, have access to HIV medications within 7 days.

“We are proactively protecting the community’s health,” Tobe said. “Eliminating the cost barrier has proven to increase access to folks in our community for PrEP and STI services.”

Free services include STI testing and treatment (gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis), HIV prevention (pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP; post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP), and HIV and hepatitis C testing…”

[Read the full article at daphealth.org]