Dr. Stephen Cambalik, a family medicine physician at Jorge Prieto Health Center on Chicago's South Side sees about 13 patients who use pre-exposure prophylaxis to HIV, also known as PrEP.
Clinicians warn HIV prevention drug use can lead to risky behavior
Along with prescribing the medication, which if used as prescribed once a day is highly effective at staving off infection, Cambalik's clinic also gives patients a complete risk assessment, sexual health education and regular screenings.
Even with those services, Cambalik admits he constantly has to correct patients who believe using PrEP means they don't have to use condoms. And as a result, he worries those patients might be more susceptible to other sexually-transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, syphilis and hepatitis.
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