Charlene Flash, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Section of Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, talks with HIVE’s Shannon Weber about the Thomas Street PrEP Clinic in Houston, Texas, which is one of the first places that a stand-alone HIV clinic started offering PrEP.
Dr. Flash describes the benefits of having many services available in one location:
“One of the catchphrases for us is, ‘Each test is an actionable moment,’ so if someone tests HIV-positive, you link them to care as quickly as possible, send them right upstairs. If someone’s HIV-negative, and you have also identified them as high-risk, that is also an actionable moment, because now we have additional tools in our arsenal [PrEP].”
Dr. Flash and Shannon talk about people living with HIV and affected couples who desire children, and what services are available for them. They also discuss how the providers at the Thomas Street Clinic went from being doubtful to being enthusiastic about PrEP. Dr. Flash tells the story of how she came to realize that the decision to start PrEP is very individualized.