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PrEP and PEP Services

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The CARE Center at Dignity Health - St. Mary Medical Center is a designated Los Angeles County PrEP Center of Excellence.

HIV prevention takes preparation like PrEP and PEP, regardless of ability to pay. Connect with a patient navigator today by calling (562) 624-4999

About PrEP

According to the Centers for Disease Control (, there is no cure for HIV/AIDS. However, PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a once-daily pill that may prevent HIV infection from sexual contact by up to 99% ( While PrEP helps to protect against HIV, using condoms for sexual encounters may help to protect against other STIs.

PEP Services

Visit the CARE Clinic Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. For after-hours exposure concerns, go to the emergency room. The CARE Center also offers PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) to individuals who have recently had a potential HIV exposure in the past three days. PEP must be taken every day for 28 days to prevent HIV (

About the CARE Center

CARE is Long Beach’s largest HIV-specialty clinic that has been serving the area since 1986. CARE is a non-profit hospital-based program that is directly funded by federal, state and county grants along with private donations. CARE provides culturally-competent and high-quality care to all people impacted by HIV and associated chronic illnesses. Our team provides specialty medical care, drug assistance, screenings, counseling, dental care, behavioral health, and more.

We’re Moving! All your LGBTQ+ healthcare needs — in one convenient place.

We’ve been hard at work, preparing a place just for you! Whether you need STI testing or treatments, prevention education, prescriptions, dental work, social services, food services, or behavioral health support, we’re here for you. And that’s true, regardless of your ability to pay.

We're moving in August of 2023. Our beautiful new location will still be on the St. Mary Medical Center campus but all of our services will be offered in one convenient setting that has been designed with your comfort and privacy in mind. We offer the same great set of comprehensive services and want to help you live your healthiest, most authentic life possible.

CARE Program
1045 Atlantic Ave, Suite 1016
Long Beach, CA 90813

(562) 624-4900
  • Behavioral/Mental Health
  • Housing Assistance
  • Home-based Care Management
CARE Dental
1027 Linden Avenue, Suite C
Long Beach, CA  90813
(562) 624-4949
  • Two Full-Time Dentists
  • One Dental Hygienist
  • Referrals to Quality Endodontists     
CARE Clinic
1043 Elm Avenue, Suite 300
Long Beach, CA  90813
(562) 543-3766
  • Infectious Disease Care
  • Hepatitis C Screening and Treatment
  • HIV Screening and Treatment
  • HIV Prevention Services (PrEP & PEP or call (562) 624-4999)
  • Psychiatric Care
  • Case Management
  • Health Benefits Enrollment (including ADAP and Covered California)
  • Food & Nutrition Services

Learn More About PrEP and PEP Services

Connect to a PrEP navigator today. Call (562) 624-4999.

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