PrEP is a medication for HIV negative individuals who are at of high risk of contracting HIV. Pre-exposure prophylaxis most commonly known as PrEP, can essentially eliminate the risk of contracting HIV if taken consistently and correctly.
At the moment Truvada is currently the only drug approved for use as PrEP. Truvada is a single pill that combines two anti-HIV drugs, tenofovir and emtricitabine.
How does PrEP work?
PrEP works by stopping the virus replicating in your body. If you are exposed to HIV but have correctly been taking PrEP, there will be high enough levels of the drugs to prevent you from contracting HIV.
Who can use PrEP?
– HIV negative individuals who are in relationships with those who are HIV positive (discordant couples /‘magnetic couples’),
– Medical professionals working in close contact with people living with HIV,
– Sex workers and others who may find it difficult to negotiate condom use.
Do I have to be on PrEP for the rest of my life?
Unlike HIV treatment, you do not have to be on PrEP for the entirety of your life. PrEP is usually taken when individuals feel most at risk of HIV.
Taking PrEP is NOT a replacement for using a condom.
When used correctly, PrEP is an important way for people to protect their sexual health. But it should always be used alongside a condom, and not instead.
The availability of PrEP is welcome and timely in the fight against HIV infections. However, we need to remember that it is not a substitute for safe sex practices, which means using a condom whenever you are having sex! What do you think?
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