From Primary Care Physician to specialized care for HIV & Hepatitis we provide the highest level of personalized healthcare. We accept many forms of insurance and work with patients without insurance and out-of-network on a sliding scale.
- Primary Care for the entire community on both sides Tampa Bay with compassionate care from a doctor with more than 30 years of experience.
- Dr. Bob Wallace has the most experience in HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis of any doctor in St. Petersburg, FL and opened his first practice in 1987.
- Our goal is to provide healthcare for patients holistic and compassionate medical care for patients with and without health insurance.
For over a decade, PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) has become THE most effective way to prevent HIV, proudly boasting over 99% effectiveness in preventing new HIV infections. PrEP has revolutionized sexual health and kicked down doors many never imagined could be opened!
Is PrEP for Me?
PrEP isn’t about sexual or gender identity; it is about you taking control of your sexual health and making the best decisions possible for you and your health!
Will PrEP prevent other STDs?
PrEP’s sole focus is the prevention of HIV. PrEP will get you on a routine testing schedule for STDs, which is extremely important in prevention. As of now, the safest way to prevent other STDs remains condoms use.
Is PrEP Affordable?
Here at Golden Rule, we ensure that PrEP is provided to everyone who wants to be on it. Whether you have insurance or need help getting on it, we will help you navigate this to make sure you can prioritize your health.
Whether you have been in care for a while, are newly diagnosed, or are returning to care, we are here to ensure you have a team ready to put the CARE in Hiv Care! We can get you undetectable with treatment as soon as six months!
Benefits of Being in HIV Care:
- Keep your viral load low.
- When undetectable, you cannot pass on HIV to others.
- Consistent adherence to care prevents drug resistance.
- Decreases chances of pre-natal transmission for those planning to or expecting children.
What is Hep C?
Here at Golden Rule we are proud to be largest clinic in Florida for Hepatitis C!
What is Hepatitis C (Hep C)?
Hep C is a viral infection that affects your liver. It causes inflammation and swelling, which damages your liver tissues over time. Treatment for Hep C should begin immediately. It is possible to be completely cured of Hep C if treatment is started early enough. If you have had the virus in your system for a while, you’ll need to begin an antiviral treatment. Recent advances have made this
Hep C can be contracted through blood transmission such as, but not limited to:
- Needle sharing
- Sexual contact where blood is exposed
- Unscreened blood transfusions
- Uncleaned tattoos or body piercing equipment
Doxycycline is an antibiotic used as part of the treatment for gonorrhea and is an alternate treatment for patients with syphilis who are allergic to penicillin. In the MSM population, we are seeing a number of people who are now using Doxycycline as Postexposure Prophylaxis. They take 200 mg a Doxycycline within 72 hours after having sex. In a study performed between January, 2021 and July, 2022, there were 502 patients analyzed taking DOXY-Pep versus those who did not. The incidence of the first episode of gonorrhea was 20.5 and 41.3 per 100 patient years in the DOXY-PeP arms and the non-PeP and arms, respectively. The incidence of chlamydia or syphilis was 5.6 and 35.4 per hundred patient years in the DOXY-PeP and non-Pep arms, respectively. In a similar study and women. It was not as successful. There is a significant reduction in syphilis and gonorrhea for people who use this form of Postexposure Prophylaxis.
PRIMARY & SPECIALIZED CARE YOU NEED
Whether you are an existing patient or a prospective patient, we thank you for considering us for your healthcare needs. We will strive to provide you with the highest level of healthcare and understand the importance of dignity, respect, and compassion as key elements of the doctor/patient relationship.