HIV control efforts include testing, community outreach, drug called PrEP
A medication that prevents the transmission of HIV can help quell the AIDS epidemic if the people at risk for contracting the virus reliably take the medication every day. Nicky Jennings, an education specialist from Upstate's department of pediatric infectious diseases, helps locate people who need HIV testing and who could benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis medication, better known as PrEP. She answers questions and provides information to people via phone calls or text messages at 315-571-0013. Jennings says PrEP is not a substitute for condoms, which are still required to help reduce the transmission of other sexually transmitted diseases.