On a public Facebook post, Tyhier “Ty” Huff says he visited his family doctor with the intention of getting tested for HIV and to ask about PrEP. After testing negative, he asked his doctor – Howard H. Nguyen of Dallas – about starting PrEP to reduce his risk of catching HIV infection.
He explained to the doctor that he was at risk of catching HIV, and says that the doctor told him to “get out of his office” and that he “wasn’t my doctor anymore”. He added that his doctor told him that he would still remain at risk and that Truvada (the medication used for PrEP) is not a preventative medication for HIV. Huff says that his original intention of asking about PrEP was made clear from the very first phone call to the office.
..my doctor literally in writing just told me i’m not his patient anymore – after I requested Truvada after an HIV- diagnosis.
The doctor followed up the visit with a letter to Huff terminating their patient physician-relationship.
PrEP can be a difficult thing for some patients to ask about but according to the CDC, PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body and is highly effective for preventing HIV.