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A strategy to end AIDS

 

If you are HIV-negative but worry about becoming HIV-positive, PrEP could be right for you

 
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication for HIV-negative individuals to reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV.  Truvada, a tablet taken orally once daily, significantly reduces the chance of HIV infection after unprotected sex and other risky behaviors.  PrEP is currently used to prevent HIV in sexually active men and women  and in injection drug users.  Those taking PrEP must have regular laboratory tests and an HIV test every three months.  
 
Adherence to a daily routine of taking PrEP is the biggest factor that determines the efficacy of PrEP.  It is most effective when taken daily and has minimal side effects. PrEP blocks HIV infection by stopping HIV replication.  Those taking PrEP should also use safer sex practices and other prevention measures to reduce the risk of HIV infections. 
 
Before being prescribed PrEP you will need to have an honest conversation with your health care provider to assess if you are a good candidate for PrEP and how often you will need to be tested for HIV and other STDs.  There are ways to help you pay for PrEP if you need assistance.  Click here to learn more.