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Guiding Right Receives $100,000 from Gilead Sciences

Guiding Right, Inc. (GRI) has been awarded a grant for $100,000 from Gilead Sciences, Inc. The grant will be used to support GRI’s Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Project. African American women and other women of color who access GRI’s prevention programs will be the focus of the PrEP Project. PrEP is the use of anti-HIV medications to keep HIV negative people from becoming infected. PrEP is approved by the FDA and has shown to be safe and effective at preventing HIV infection.

“We are very excited about this grant endeavor with Gilead Sciences, Inc.” said Theodore Noel, Founder and Executive Director of Guiding Right, Inc. Even though PrEP has been around in the U.S. since 2012, many are looking to learn about it and even fewer feel like they know enough to make an informed decision about whether or not to use it. Starting July 1st the agency will implement a 12-month PrEP Project with the primary objective of increasing knowledge and awareness about PrEP, and reduce sexual and behavioral risks for acquiring HIV among women of color residing in Oklahoma City’s Metropolitan Statistical Area.

“The work that Guiding Right does to help people at risk for HIV and or already living with HIV/AIDS is impressive, and very much aligned with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. GRI has a proven track record of providing compassionate and non-judgmental programs and services to underserved and marginalized individuals” said Dr. Kimberly A. Parker the project’s evaluator and principle investigator.

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