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Sexual Health

Sexual Health Clinic 
Mon: 8 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. 
Tue: 10 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.   
Wed: 8 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 
Thu: 8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. 
Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. 

Clinic may stop taking patients early if it becomes full.

(614) 645-7772 
(614) 645-0070 Fax    

Take Care Down There Clinic
Mon: 5 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Wed: 1 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Thu: 5 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

(614) 645-6732 

Ryan White
(614) 645-CARE (2273)

Health@columbus.gov

HIV Prevention


The good news? You’re in charge of your sexual health. The even better news? There are several ways to prevent HIV transmission before, during and after sex. One of the most effective ways to prevent HIV is to take PrEP.

What’s PrEP? 

PrEP is a once-daily pill that HIV-negative people can take to help stay HIV-negative. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. Learn more here.


Is PrEP right for me? 

PrEP is for anyone who is okay with taking a daily pill to prevent HIV and getting tested regularly for HIV/STIs. High-risk populations encouraged to consider PrEP include gay and bisexual men, trans women, people who inject drugs, people in a relationship where one person is living with HIV, and straight/bi women of color.


I’ve heard of PEP. Is this different than PrEP? 

Yes. PrEP is taken before HIV exposure, while PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is taken within 72 hours after exposure to HIV. Learn more about PEP here


Can Columbus Public Health help me get PrEP? 

Yes! Our PrEP Linkage to Care team can help you find a doctor and get you signed up for PAPI, a state-wide HIV prevention program that will help cover the related medical costs of PrEP. For help getting connected to PrEP, contact us at 614-724-7737 or PrEP@columbus.gov. You can also fill out this self-referral form to have a member of our PrEP team contact you.

Other HIV Prevention Methods


In addition to using PrEP, you can also prevent transmitting HIV by:

Discussing your status

Before having sex, start a conversation with your partner about your sexual health history, risk behaviors and STI/HIV status. Learn more about testing.

Using condoms 

Condoms can help lower your risk of HIV transmission during sex. To request free condoms, contact CPH Community Services at 614-645-6732 or click here to get free condoms delivered to your home.  

Staying in treatment

With consistent treatment, people living with HIV can reach a undetectable viral load—that means there’s so little HIV in their system that it’s impossible to pass it on through sex (this condition is referred to as “undetectable = untransmittable” or "U=U" onclick="fbq('track', 'ViewContent'); gtag('event', 'conversion', {'send_to': 'AW-718938815/YKdBCPbY-acBEL_F6NYC'});"). Learn more about treatment.