What is PrEP?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection.
When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.
PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months.
(Taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on HIV Risk and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/prep/index.html )
Are You Ready For PrEP?
CDC’s new #VitalSigns report highlights important information about #PrEP and its ability to greatly reduce HIV. With everyone talking about PrEP, we are excited to share with you our new PrEP animated video! Check it out to learn how PrEP works, how to get it, and help you decide if it’s the right choice for you. #StartTalkingHIVPosted by Start Talking. Stop HIV. on Tuesday, November 24, 2015