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Los Angeles County Launches "Sister Friends: Get PrEP" Video Series for a Pill That Can Stop the Spread of HIV

African American women sign up for more information about the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (or PrEP) pill during LA County’s “Sister Friends: Get PrEP’d” video series launch on October 24, 2018 at the California African American Musuem (CAAM). Photo by Susan Goldman

LOS ANGELES — Health professionals, dignitaries, and special guests gathered at the California African American Museum (CAAM) on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, for the launch of the “Sister Friends” video series for HIV awareness, informing women about a pill that can help stop the spread of the virus.

Spearheaded by Dr. Leo Moore, a clinical scholar and acting medical director of the Division of HIV and STD Programs at the LA County Department of Public Health, the campaign is titled “Sister Friends: Get PrEP’d.” The campaign hopes to increase the awareness and use of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (or PrEP) pill among women who are at-risk for human immunodeficiency virus

Dr. Leo Moore and Tchaiko Omawole are all smiles on the pink carpet for the launch of LA County’s “Sister Friends: Get PrEP’d” video series, informing women about the PrEP pill that can help stop the spread of the virus. Dr. Moore is a clinical scholar and acting medical director of the Division of HIV and STD Programs at the LA County Department of Public Health and Omawole served as the director for the videos, targeting African American and transgender women. Photo by Susan Goldman Photography

(HIV). In Los Angeles County, women living with HIV are predominantly African American (35.4%) or Latina/Hispanic (44.8%), along with an estimated 30 % of transgender women, living with the virus.

Like a birth control pill, PrEP is a daily medicine that can prevent HIV infection for HIV-negative individuals who are at risk of being exposed to the virus. Although it is not a vaccine or a cure for HIV, PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV transmission by as much as 99 percent if taken daily as prescribed.

Dr. Leo Moore shares news of LA County’s “Sister Friends: Get PrEP’d” video campaign with attendees. The campaign hopes to increase the awareness and use of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) pill among women who are at-risk for HIV. Dr. Leo Moore serves is a clinical scholar and acting medical director of the Division of HIV and STD Programs at the LA County Department of Public Health. Photo by Susan Goldman Photography

For the “Sister Friends” video series, LA County tapped Daytime Emmy winner and co-host of “The Real,” Loni Love as well as Alicia Machado (Miss Universe 1996) and actress Alexandra Grey (“Transparent” and “Glee”).

The videos offer intimate conversations about sex, relationships and how women are empowering their health by taking PrEP for HIV prevention. Check out this video here:

For many women, PrEP can be invaluable in staying healthy and HIV-negative when they have a partner who is HIV-positive. The PrEP pill has been shown to be safe for women to use while attempting to get pregnant and during pregnancy, as well as breastfeeding. Most insurance plans, including Medi-Cal, cover the cost of PrEP.

To watch the videos and learn more about how to “Get PrEP’d, visit www.getPrEPLA.com/women. A full directory of PrEP providers is available at www.GetPrEPLA.com.

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