Need to find out your status?
GLAM offers free, rapid HIV & Hep C testing with results in 20 minutes. Make an appointment, or drop in Tues/Thurs between 12-6pm.
Want to reduce your risk for HIV?
PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) is a daily pill that, if taken as prescribed, can reduce your risk for HIV by up to 99%.
Been exposed to HIV?
PEP (Post-exposure Prophylaxis) this daily prescription can reduce your risk for HIV transmission by up to 99% if started within 72 hours of an exposure to the virus.
HIV & Hep C Testing
We use the OraQuick Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test, so it detects antibodies for HIV, not the virus itself. With a drop of blood, our HIV testers will be able to get your results in just 20 minutes.
Just like our HIV test, we use an OraQuick Rapid HCV Antibody Test, so it detects antibodies for Hepatitis C, not the virus itself. With a drop of blood, our testers will be able to get your results in just 20 minutes.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
PrEP is for people without HIV who might be at higher risk. PrEP can also be considered for people who are HIV-negative and in an ongoing sexual relationship with an HIV-positive partner.
Because PrEP involves daily medication and regular visits to a health care provider, it may not be right for everyone. PrEP may cause minimal side effects, like nausea in some people, but these generally subside over time.
How do I pay for PrEP?
In Vermont, all insurance programs through Vermont Health Connect (including Medicaid and Medicare) will cover PrEP medication. Your copay depends on the plan that you have.
Have a medication copay for PrEP?
Enroll in Gilead’s free copay program, which can cover up to $7,200 per year of your copay for Truvada or Descovy. It takes about 5 minutes to sign up here:
Don’t have insurance?
Gilead’s Advancing Access program can help you get access to PrEP, even without insurance. Some health centers, like the Community Health Center and Planned Parenthood, can also help cover the costs associated with PrEP, such as doctor visits and labwork.
However, you should also talk to a health navigator to see if you can enroll in affordable health insurance. Taylor Small is our health navigator at the Pride Center of Vermont, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on PrEP:
Is PrEP right for YOU?
Take this quick and easy quiz to find out!
How old are you today?
In the last 6 months, how many men have you had sex with?
In the last 6 months, how many times did you have receptive anal sex (where you were the bottom) with a man without a condom?
In the last 6 months, how many of your male sexual partners were HIV positive?
In the last 6 months, how many times did you have insertive anal sex (where you were the top) without a condom with a man who was HIV positive?
In the last 6 months, have you used methamphetamines such as crystal or speed?
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
PEP is a medication that can prevent HIV infection after an exposure. It is very important to access PEP within 72 hours of a potential HIV exposure, so time is of vital importance. Access your local emergency room as soon as possible, and inform them you’ve been exposed to HIV and need to get on PEP.
Provides expert guidance in managing healthcare worker exposures to HIV and hepatitis B and C. Callers receive immediate post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) recommendations. Line is open from 9am to 8pm, Monday through Friday; 11am to 8pm, weekends & holidays.
Need local assistance to access PEP?
Contact GLAM during the Pride Center’s business hours at (802) 860-7812 or, outside of our business hours, contact your local walk-in clinic or emergency room for further information.
How do I pay for PEP?
Sometimes, you may be handed a large bill when you fill your prescription, even after giving your insurance information. If this happens, your first priority is to start the medication as soon as possible, so try the following options:
- Inform your pharmacist that the medication is very time sensitive, and if possible, you would like to just pay for your first dose while you sort out copay programs.
- After you have taken your first dose, ask your pharmacist if they can help you sort out ways to pay for your prescription. Depending on what medications you have been prescribed, these programs may cover copays or the complete cost of your medication.
I started taking PEP. Now what?
- Follow all instructions for your prescription, which includes taking your medication every day for (up to) 30 days.
- You may experience nausea when first starting your medication. This is normal.Talk to your doctor if side effects persist or disrupt your daily function.
- Want to prevent a future scare? PrEP is a preventative option that you might want to consider transitioning to at the end of your PEP prescription. Take our quiz to see if PrEP is right for you, and talk to your doctor about it!