Programming Connection

The Maple Leaf PrEP Clinic 

Maple Leaf Medical
Toronto, ON
2019

Why Was the Program Developed?

The Maple Leaf PrEP Clinic was created to improve access to PrEP for those at risk of HIV infection (e.g., gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men [gbMSM], sex workers, people in serodiscordant relationships, people experiencing intimate partner violence, people who inject drugs). The nurse-led model is based on similar nurse-led models that have been used in other areas of healthcare (e.g., diabetes care).

The PrEP clinic’s philosophy is that PrEP represents an empowering step for people to take charge of their sexual health and that PrEP should be accessible regardless of access to public or private insurance. Much work is done at the clinic to help individuals access PrEP who are not covered by insurance and otherwise would not be able to afford the treatment (e.g., connecting people to publicly covered drug programs).