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After inquiry into Kansas City Public Health Department, local start-Up offers 24/7 anonymous HIV testing
Date:12/2/2013

who are in need of PEP. However, according to Rice: “It’s still a complicated process – and most of these cases don’t happen between the hours of 9 and 5pm”.

PEP Angels continues to operate its 24/7 local hotline.

About PEP Angels:

The mission of PEP Angels is to arrest the spread of HIV in Kansas City. Started in 2013 by tech entrepreneur Matt Rice, PEP Angels operates a 24/7 hotline that provides free access to the newest findings on HIV prevention. It started providing at-cost exams delivered anywhere in Kansas City, anytime of the day or night for $15 dollars. Pharmacies charge $40 dollars for the same exam.

PEP Angels allows anyone who wants to be an HIV volunteer to receive text/email alerts when someone needs an HIV exam delivered – regardless of what time of day it is. The first tester to respond to the alert delivers an HIV exam to both parties allowing them to decide if PEP is warranted.

To be a delivery person for PEP Angels, sign up as a counselor to receive Red Alerts at http://www.pepangels.org. The only requirement is that you keep a copy of the newly released HIV prevention guidelines from the New York State Department of Health.

About Matt Rice:

Matt Rice is a tech entrepreneur. Previously, he was an Associate Director with Nations Media Partners and a Vice President at Falkenberg Capital where he represented early stage tech companies. In 2011 he started PicPhix which connects photo editors to Facebook users. PicPhix, which is currently in Beta, was admitted into Microsoft’s Business incubator in 2012. Based on their most recent securities offering, the company is valued at $1.75 million. Rice started PEP Angels in 2013 in response to the rapid spreading of HIV in the Kansas City community. He holds a B.A. in Political science from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

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