Pillar Three:


This strategy aims to implement PrEP and SSPs to prevent HIV. As indicated in the epidemiologic profile, Black young adults and younger age groups, particularly people under 30 years of age, make up the largest proportion of people seen by PrEP providers and consistently have the lowest prescription rates. In addition, the epidemiologic profile reports that nearly 50% of persons who inject drugs and present at the emergency department are White males,and 19% are White females with little awareness of PrEP.

Attend City Council meetings on a quarterly basis to inform them of the need for HIV education in Memphis. Attend “Day on the Hill” to discuss the epidemic in Memphis and the need for PrEP start-up clinics.
Identify providers and resources who currently prescribe PrEP, and increase their capacity to implement same-day start. Create PrEP “pop-up” experiences at venues where those most at risk congregate (e.g., social sexual networking events, parties) within the community.
Develop an awareness campaign, using testimonials from users of PEP. Shelby County Health Department will begin offering PEP to newly diagnosed individuals’ partners.
Develop high-risk assessment tool such as a questionnaire, survey, or billboard to help people to identify their high-risk behaviors. Use the tool to encourage individuals to seek treatment. Advertise PrEP in “hook-up” apps in pop-up ads and in social media apps.
Host an art showcase with live music and personal monologues from people who are HIV positive or negative and can share their thoughts about living with HIV or remaining negative. Create art-based events for different age groups.
Develop a condom distribution plan, including marketing. Identify nontraditional agencies to distribute condoms (e.g., nursing homes, mental health facilities, community centers, etc.).
Introduce the target population to alternative digital resources for 45-55 year-olds (Adult Sex Ed online), Facebook livestreams. Collaborate with local male stakeholders to organize and integrate prevention education and safer sex programming specifically for diverse groups of men.
Implement education program for youth and young adults that is conducted by established community groups. Partner with Southeast AIDS Education & Training Center (AETC) to facilitate virtual continuing education on this topic.
Identify all current and potential PrEP providers and invite them to participate in Clinician Roundtable to determine capacity needs. Survey Clinician Roundtable participants to determine capacity needs.