Friday, 21 July 2017 10:04

New Developments: PrEP

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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP is medicine taken daily by people who are at a high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS in order to lower their chances of contracting the illness. These may be people who are HIV negative but are in a committed relationship with a partner who is HIV positive. Sex workers are also considered at high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.

Like with any other medication, it is very important to consult with a doctor before choosing to take PrEP. One must know that PrEP works in conjunction with other preventive measures and is not a replacement therapy. PrEP also does not protect a person against other sexually transmitted infections other than HIV/AIDS. As such, partners must continue to use condoms during intercourse, and the HIV positive partner must continue to take their Antiretroviral medication in order to keep their viral load low.

PrEp must be taken every day on a strict schedule in order to be effective. It is much less effective if it is not taken regularly as prescribed by the doctor.

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