Online ECHO Clinic | November 21, 2019
Presentation Title: Let’s Talk About PrEP
Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner for Cherokee Nation Health Service, explain PrEP, the process in which an HIV-negative person who is at very high risk for acquiring HIV takes daily medication to reduce their risk. They provide strategies for assessing candidates for PrEP, and the process for starting new patients on PrEP.
Jorge Mera, MD, is the Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, the largest tribally operated health care system in the United States. He oversees surveillance, policies, and programs to treat and prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and HCV.
Whitney Essex, MSN, FNP-BC, is a Family Nurse Practitioner for Cherokee Nation Health Service. Mrs. Essex works in the Infectious Diseases Department, where she is the coordinator for the Cherokee Nation Hepatitis C Elimination program. She assists in the maintenance of general infectious diseases clinical services, as well as the provision of medical care for patients accessing HIV, PrEP, Hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases-related services.