In Fight Against HIV, Outreach Workers Take ‘PrEP’ To The Streets

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Tatiana Melendez waited in the shade during a New England heat wave, ready to make a move.

“I got all the information for you, all right,” Melendez, 46, said as she handed a baggie of info to a passerby. “This is very good for you. For everybody doing sex.”

At Hartford’s Barnard Park, a triangular patch of grass interlocked by streets south of downtown, free HIV screenings were underway in the back seat of a grey Nissan Rogue. Of course, Melendez and her crew would like to identify who is HIV-positive, to provide them services and access to medication.

But they also want to know who is HIV-negative, because there’s a drug for them, too. Check out the full story

By Vanessa de la Torre, Connecticut Public Radio


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