Overview

Free HIV PrEP Clinic

When & Where

Saturday mornings, twice each month.

Redwood Health Center
1525 West 2100 South 
Salt Lake City, UT 84119

Call 801-585-2512 Monday—Friday to make an appointment.
Note: We're not open on weekends. Please call Monday—Friday.

Free HIV PrEP Clinic

There’s no vaccine for HIV, but it can be prevented. 

If your sexual partner is HIV-positive, if you have more than one sexual partner, or if you share needles with someone who has HIV—you can lower your chances of getting HIV by taking a medicine for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (called PrEP).

In 2012, the FDA approved a new medication called Truvada, also called tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/Emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) for use as HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Truvada is commonly known as the pill for PrEP.

We offer PrEP for free to people who don't have health insurance and are at risk of getting HIV. We do this on two Saturday mornings each month at the Redwood Health Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

How Does PrEP Work?

Truvada is a pill you take every day that helps you prevent getting HIV. When this medicine builds up inside your bloodstream, it can stop the HIV virus from spreading inside your body.

The key is that you must take Truvada every day in order for it to work.

Our goal is to reduce the number of new cases of HIV in Utah by increasing access to PrEP for primarily uninsured or underinsured Utahns.

Free PrEP Services

University of Utah Health’s new PrEP Community Clinic provides free PrEP services, including:

  • testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs),
  • PrEP case manager navigation,
  • medical management,
  • lab services,
  • medication for people who have a higher chance of contracting HIV, and
  • HIV risk reduction education (classes that teach you how to lower your chances of getting HIV).

All services are FREE for patients who don't have health insurance.

Many health insurance plans cover PrEP. But many people who are at risk of contracting HIV don’t have health insurance. Many people without insurance haven’t had access to PrEP until now.

How Effective is PrEP?

Taking PrEP every day is very effective at lowering your chances of getting HIV.

In fact, multiple clinical trials show that people who take PrEP once each day lower their odds of contracting HIV by 90%.

But, PrEP is much less effective if you don't take it every day and follow your doctor's instructions.

Currently, TDF/FTC (Truvada) is the only medication approved for use as PrEP. But other medicines are in clinical trials, and researchers think that more options for PrEP will be developed soon.

You can learn more about PrEP from the CDC's website.

You can also calculate your risk (odds) of getting HIV using the CDC's HIV risk calculator.

PrEP Side Effects

For some people, PrEP can cause nausea, but the nausea usually goes away fairly soon.

People who take PrEP haven't reported any other serious side effects. PrEP is safe to use, and the side effects from it aren't life-threatening.

How Do I Make an Appointment?

To make an appointment to talk to a provider about PrEP, please call us at 801-585-2512.

Please call Monday—Friday to make an appointment. We'e not open on weekends.

Community Support & Volunteer Opportunities

This clinic is staffed by University of Utah Health faculty, staff, and trainees, and is supported through a collaborative effort by:

This free clinic receives ongoing support from community donors. If you are interested in supporting this program, please contact Brian Davis at 801-587-7903.