Spring Health PrEP Clinic
We are a specialty clinic focused on providing Pre Exposure Prophylaxis treatment for patients across Ontario. Our main site is located in Downtown Toronto.
Our goal is to help reduce the HIV+ rates by providing education, testing, and medication to individuals at risk for HIV infection.
We can help you to reduce your risk, and you can still have fun!
when SAFE & FUN
when SAFE & FUN
when SAFE & FUN
MEN HAVING SEX WITH MEN (MSM)
One of the high-risk groups for HIV transmission is Men having sex with Men (MSM). According to UNAIDS 2018, MSM is 27 times more likely than the general population to get HIV. Members in this category have a higher risk of contracting the virus. This is primarily due to unsafe sexual practices.
LIVING WITH HIV+
HIV-positive persons can live at home and have a normal social life. Family members, roommates, and guests are not in danger of being infected since the virus is not transferred through casual (i.e., nonsexual) household contact. However, if you are having sex with an HIV-positive partner - condoms should be worn throughout all sexual actions, whether oral, anal, or vaginal. When used appropriately and regularly, condoms provide excellent protection against HIV and most other sexually transmitted infections.
Compared to the general population, those who inject drugs, also known as people who inject drugs or PWID are 22 times more likely to get HIV. This danger is worsened by criminalization, marginalization, poverty, and the sharing of needles and injection equipment. As a result, PWID is at risk of HIV transmission due to sharing needles. Also, if an HIV-positive individual has used a needle, the contaminated blood in the needle might be injected into the next person who uses it. In addition, injectable drug users are more likely to test positive for HIV late, increasing the risk of HIV transmission to others.
PrEP is more than just a tablet you take once a day. An HIV-negative individual who wishes to use PrEP must first obtain a prescription from a doctor ready to offer the required medical follow-up in a safe and educated manner.
People who are on PrEP also get full sexual health treatments from their doctor or health care provider. To be on PrEP, you must visit your physician or health care provider on a regular basis, and both you and your or health care provider must feel comfortable discussing the types of sex you have and how it impacts your health.
Assess your Risk by answering our Questionnaire
When to start PrEP?
Baseline HIV, Hepatitis A/B/C, and syphilis blood testing, as well as blood tests for kidney function, are required before starting PrEP. Other tests for sexually transmitted infection, such as gonorrhea, will be performed based on your sexual habits
A urine test is ordered to check kidney function and check sexually transmitted infections.
It is used to check sexually transmitted infections.
The kind of swab used is based on patients' sexual activity.
What is Pocket PEP?
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) in your Pocket involves taking 1-2 pills daily after a possible HIV exposure. Pocket PEP needs to be started within 72 hours of possible exposure – the sooner the better.
What is PrEP on Demand?
On-demand PrEP involves taking 1 pill daily for a few days based on when you have sex. When you take the pills depends on how many times and how often you have sex.
TRUVADA for PrEP is a once-daily prescription medicine for adults and adolescents at risk of HIV who weigh at least 77 pounds. It helps lower the chance of getting HIV through sex. You must be HIV-negative before and while taking TRUVADA for PrEP.
• To help determine if TRUVADA for PrEP may be an option for you, talk openly with your healthcare provider about your risk for HIV-1.
Do NOT take TRUVADA for PrEP if you:
• Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. (Source: Truvada Monograph by Gilead)
For adults and adolescents at risk of HIV, DESCOVY for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a once-daily prescription drug. It reduces the risk of contracting HIV through intercourse.
DESCOVY for PrEP is not suitable for all people:
It is not indicated for the person who was female at birth and is at risk of contracting HIV through vaginal intercourse.
Before and while using DESCOVY for PrEP, you must be HIV-negative.
Pharmacy Service and
Our Pharmacists will help you ensure that the prescribed medication by the healthcare provider is right for you. They are experts in reviewing all your medications and provide counseling to enhance your PrEP treatment’s efficacy.
PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, can help prevent HIV. It involves taking PrEP regularly and routine testing.
It is very rare for a person who takes PrEP properly to get HIV.
It is Safe!
Most people don't experience side effects. Those who experience side effects usually report they are mild and last a few days to weeks.
It is Covered!
Public plans (e.i. OHIP+, ODSP, Trillium, and ODB) and private drug plans help cover the cost of PrEP.
It is for everyone at risk of HIV infection!
PrEP can be used by people of all genders and sexual orientations.
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PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is an HIV prevention approach wherein people who don't have HIV take a daily antiretroviral pill to reduce their risk of getting HIV if they are exposed to the virus. PrEP is most effective when used as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention program that includes frequent HIV testing. PrEP helps to prevent HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body.
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WHAT IS PrEP?
Private Drug Plans
Coverage under Private Drug Plans depends on plan coverage and provider. Talk to our Pharmacist and we will assist you in navigating drug plan coverage.
Trillium Drug Program
helps people with high medication costs pay for PrEP. If you don’t have a drug plan or your plan doesn’t cover the full cost of your PrEP, you may be eligible for the Trillium Drug Program
Criteria for Provincial Coverage
OHIP+: Ontarian with Health Card and age is 24 yrs or younger.
ODB: Ontarian with Health Card and age is 65 yrs old or older
ODSP: Ontarian with Health Card and qualifies the requirements of the Ministry (thru Social Worker)
For Patients without
Provincial Drug Coverage or Private Drug Plan
is 100% Covered under:
Is PrEP Covered?
For Drug plan Coverage and assistance in accessing Government Programs, Our Pharmacy Team will help you navigate these programs to ensure access to care. Please click the button below to contact our pharmacy team.
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Once Our Provider, writes the prescription for PrEP our partner pharmacy Shuter St. Pharmacy can deliver it to your address with no extra charge. We can provide this service within the province of Ontario. This service is to assure the safety and convenience of our patients.
FREE PRESCRIPTION DELIVERY*
*service available within the province of Ontario please talk to our pharmacy team for more information.
Routine Tests Ordered for PrEP
Four Steps to Start PrEP
WHO SHOULD BE ON PrEP?
WHEN TO START PrEP?
When to start PrEP?
WHERE TO GET PrEP?
HOW TO START PrEP?
MORE ABOUT PrEP
HOURS OF OPERATION
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF ROUTINE TEST?
PrEP only provides protection against transmission of HIV but it does not provide protection to other Sexually Transmitted Infections.