PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is an HIV prevention option where HIV negative guys regularly take HIV medications to prevent infection. One pill once a day provides around the clock protection against HIV.
WHAT IS PrEP?
PrEP is the use of antiretroviral drugs, taken by HIV negative people to prevent HIV infection. PrEP is an acronym that stands for pre exposure prophylaxis and is an exciting new tool that will play a vital role in our efforts to end HIV by 2020. Unlike post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) which is taken after a potential exposure to HIV, PrEP is taken on an ongoing basis and it provides protection against HIV. Studies from around the world have shown that if PrEP is taken daily, it prevents HIV in advance to any potential exposure.
- PrEP allows guys to be in control of their HIV status. Control means more confidence all round.
- PrEP provides around the clock protection against HIV. When you take PrEP once a day you are always protected.
- PrEP relieves stress and anxiety that can be associated with sex. When you’re with that special guy, PrEP allows you to connect and be in the moment
Negative or positive, we all share responsibility for HIV prevention. With PrEP, negative guys have an additional tool that they can use to proactively be in control of their HIV status. When PrEP is in the equation, positive guys can be confident that their partners are well protected.
IS PrEP FOR YOU?
There are now a variety of ways that you can choose to stay safe when having sex. Choosing a strategy that suits you and your personal circumstance is crucial. Whether you choose to use condoms, take PrEP or rely on undetectable viral load, it is important that your choice is an informed one.
PrEP is recommended for people who are at high risk of acquiring HIV. Clinical guidelines stipulate that PrEP should be prescribed to HIV negative people who are at an ongoing risk of acquiring HIV. These people might be gay or other same-sex attracted men who do not always use condoms with casual partners when having anal sex.
Anyone taking PrEP should test at least four times a year for STIs. Or consider even more STI checks if they are having regular sex without condoms. A full screen should include chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis. Condoms still remain to be the best barrier in protecting you against other STIs.
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