Metropolitan Methodist Hospital provides HIV, STD, and STI testing to both inpatients and outpatients. HIV-positive patients can expect the same exceptional care we provide to all of our patients as we follow our mission of "Serving Humanity to Honor God by providing exceptional and cost effective health care accessible to all." The Metropolitan Methodist Hospital Emergency Room and Metropolitan Methodist Emergency Center at the Quarry are equipped to provide pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for patients at risk for HIV.
Metropolitan Methodist Hospital is proud to partner with San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) and encourage our patients to visit SAAF for free HIV and syphilis rapid testing at their testing office located at 333 S. Hackberry Street. Test results for HIV are ready in in about one minute and syphilis results are ready in about 10 minutes. Latent tuberculosis (TB) and hepatitis-C (hep-C) screenings are offered for qualifying individuals.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Did you know that you can protect yourself from HIV with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)? Those who do not have HIV, but are at risk of getting it, can take a daily pill to prevent HIV infection. When taken consistently, as prescibed, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 99%.
Those who are HIV-negative and concerned about exposure to HIV through sex or injection drug use
- Those who are HIV-negative and in a relationship with someone who is HIV-postive
Individuals are screened to see if PrEP is the right choice for them. Those who qualify will be given a prescription to start taking the medication. PrEP patients must be regularly screened - at least every three months (90 days) - for follow-up services that involve blood tests, HIV screening, and assessment of side effects (which are typically minor and not experienced by most people).
Many people who have taken Truvada (PrEP) have reported little to no significant side effects, but every person is different. A provider who is experienced with PrEP will talk to you about potential side effects and any questions you may have.
Medicaid and most insurance plans currently include coverage for PrEP, you would be responsible for your co-pay. We can check with your insurance company to help determine how much a monthly prescription would cost you (and in many cases we can waive the co-pay). Contact Evergreen Health Services (or your doctor) to learn more about PrEP and find out if it's right for you.