Planned Parenthood WeHo to offer PrEP

Timothy Kincaid

December 6th, 2015

Planned Parenthood is an organization that can be, at times, politically polarizing. Depending on where one gets their news, they may think of Planned Parenthood as either an abortion mill selling baby parts or a necessary provider of women’s reproductive health in underprivileged communities. But in some areas they are becoming something unexpected: an access point for pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP). (scpr)

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles says it will begin offering two powerful anti-HIV drugs at its clinics next year. The effort will begin at the group’s newest health center in West Hollywood, which opened Tuesday.

The reproductive health provider joins 27 public and private health care clinics across the county in providing one or both of these medications to those most at risk of contracting HIV, according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health.

I don’t know how accurate their count is, but if there are only 27 clinics across the country providing PrEP or PEP, then Planned Parenthood’s participation is not only welcome, it’s essential. There are roughly 4.8 million gay or bisexual men in the country and the Centers for Disease Control recommends that a quarter of them, 1.2 million men, be on PrEP. There is no way that this goal is achievable through 27 clinics. [As a reader noted, it’s County not Country. Duh!! Shouldn’t have missed that. But still 27 is far too few for the more than 100,000 gay/bisexual men in LA County.]

Planned Parenthood offers a sliding scale, which will be of relief to younger gay men who may be uninsured. THey are starting with their clinic in West Hollywood but expect all 20 of their clinics in Los Angeles to provide PrEP and PEP by the end of 2016. Let’s hope that soon spreads to areas in which access may be even less available.

Bill Berkowitz

December 7th, 2015

I am a big fan of Box Turtle Bulletin and have used the information you provide as inspiration for my own articles. However, I was dismayed to read the first sentence — “Planned Parenthood is an organization that can be, at times, politically polarizing.” — in your piece “Planned Parenthood WeHo to offer PrEP.” Something closer to reality might have been: “Planned Parenthood, an organization whose vast majority of services has nothing to do with abortions, has been the unremitting target of conservatives for several decades.”

Curious Jack

December 7th, 2015

County, not country. There are 27 clinics across the county providing PrEP.

Priya Lynn

December 7th, 2015

Bill, conservatives attack planned parenthood over the 3% of its services that are abortion related because that makes it sound the worst but they also hate contraception and planning parenthood as well because they hate women being able to have sex for pleasure without the consequences of pregnancy.

Timothy Kincaid

December 7th, 2015

Thanks Jack, I read that over and again and still missed that.


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