Kenyon provides a number of resources to foster HIV prevention on campus. Below, you can explore some of our resources, including free safer sex supplies, pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, and post-exposure prophylaxis or PEP.
Free safer sex supplies are available at a number of campus locations, including the Cox Health and Counseling Center, the Crozier Center for Women, and Unity House. At both the Crozier Center for Women and Unity House, free safer sex supplies — such as latex and non-latex condoms, insertable condoms, water-based and silicone-based lubricant, and dental dams — are available.
Additionally, both the Crozier Center for Women and Unity House offer free safer sex kits, which come with the following items conveniently packaged together: information about safer sex practices and affirmative consent, multiple condoms, a sachet of lubricant, information about how to use a condom, and tips for how to discuss sexual history with a partner.
PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis, prescribed as the drug Truvada, is a once a day pill to reduce your risk of acquiring HIV, even if you come into contact with the virus. It is not a replacement for safer sex tools like condoms, but it can be a part of a safer sex strategy, before sexual contact occurs.
For students with Kenyon’s health insurance plan, Truvada is classified as a Tier II drug, meaning that it is $30/month. You can also sign up for a free co-pay coupon card from Gilead, which lowers the cost to $0/month.
For more information on PrEP, speak to your medical provider or contact Equitas Health in Columbus. To confidentially discuss how to access resources available in the area, stop by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion or contact ODEI Assistant Director Timothy Bussey at email@example.com.
PEP or post-exposure prophylaxis, commonly prescribed as Truvada and Isentress, is a set of medications that can be taken after possible exposure to HIV. These medications help decrease your risk of becoming HIV-positive, even after exposure. Generally, a round of PEP is prescribed for roughly 28 days to ensure optimal effectiveness.
PEP is not a replacement for other safer sex tools like condoms, but it can be part of your safer sex strategy, if you believe you may have come into contact with HIV (i.e. through unprotected sex, condom breakage, etc.). According to the CDC, PEP is highly effective and works best when taken 24-72 hours after possible exposure to HIV. Remember, the sooner you take PEP, the better.
For students with Kenyon’s health insurance plan, the total cost for a round of PEP (prescribed as Truvada and Isentress) is only $60, and financial support resources for students in need are available through the ODEI. At Kenyon College, PEP can be acquired by visiting the emergency room at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon or by contacting Equitas Health.
As PEP needs to be administered within the first 72 hours of possible exposure to HIV, please access this resource as quickly as possible. For students needing immediate financial assistance to obtain PEP from the emergency room at Knox Community Hospital, please contact your CA and refer them to the director and/or dean on duty. The director on duty can then cover the necessary costs for this medication with a College purchasing card and request a departmental reimbursement through ODEI.
To confidentially discuss how to access resources available in the area, stop by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion or contact ODEI Assistant Director Timothy Bussey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knowing your HIV status is important for your own sexual and physical health, in addition to the health of your sexual partner(s). At Kenyon, HIV testing is provided at the Cox Health and Counseling Center.
Currently, we are also working with community partners to provide more frequent, confidential HIV testing clinics to campus at no charge. For more information on these upcoming HIV testing clinics, refer to the Kenyon events calendar.
In addition to providing a number of tools to foster HIV prevention on campus, Kenyon College’s health insurance plan also offers comprehensive care for students who are HIV-positive.
Under our student health insurance plan, the following are Tier I drugs, meaning they are $10/month: abacavir-lamivudine, lamivudine, zidovudine, nevirapine ER, and nevirapine. Additionally, our student health insurance plan also covers the following Tier II drugs, which are $30/month: Isentress HD, Isentress, Norvir, Prezista, Selzentry, and Truvada. Finally, our student health insurance plan covers the following Tier III drugs for $50/month: Atripla, Complera, Descovy, Evotaz, Genvoya, Intelence, Odefsey, Prezcobix, Reyataz, Stribild, Sustiva, Tivicay, Triumeq, and Viread.
If you are an HIV-positive student and have questions about these drugs, speak to your medical provider or contact Equitas Health in Columbus. To confidentially discuss how to access resources available in the area, stop by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion or contact ODEI Assistant Director Timothy Bussey at email@example.com.