Northwell to offer HIV PrEP education event Oct. 24 in Manhasset

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In recognition of New York’s first awareness week focused on PrEP, a drug that effectively blocks HIV transmission, Northwell Health’s Center for AIDS Research and Treatment (CART) will hold a free education session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 at 400 Community Drive (use entrance 5) in Manhasset.

The event includes presentations by CART’s medical director, Joseph McGowan, MD, and several patients who will discuss their decision-making and experiences taking PReP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. The drug, approved by the US Federal Drug Administration, is a daily pill that can help prevent transmission of HIV from sex by more than 90 percent. Many different factors go into deciding if PrEP is the appropriate drug for an individual and an evaluation with a medical professional is necessary.

During the event, CART outreach and education staff will be on hand to answer questions and how to access services at the center. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact: Shameika Williams at 516-562-3282, or swilliams45@northwell.edu.

Submitted by Northwell Health.

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