What is PrEP and is it For Me?

What is PrEP?

When you hear people talking about HIV prevention you may sometimes hear mention of PrEP. What is this PrEP, though?

PrEP stands for, “Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis,” and it is when people who are at a higher risk for HIV take medicine that treat HIV in order to lower their chances of infection. When PrEP is taken as prescribed it can lower the risk of HIV transmission from someone who is HIV positive to someone who is HIV-Negative as much as 90% via sex and 70% via injection drug use (AKA, “Sharing needles.”)

One common misconception of PrEP is that it is a kind of vaccine. There is currently no vaccine for HIV, and with PrEP there still is the risk of transmission. However, PrEP can clearly greatly reduce the risk of HIV transmission when someone is at a higher risk for acquiring it. Just who exactly is PrEP for though?

Is PrEP A Good Idea for You?prepared

PrEP is recommended by the CDC in a variety of scenarios that include but are not limited to someone who:

This serves as a good guide for if you might want to consider PrEP, but when it comes to asking, “Is PrEP for me?” the best thing you can do is consider your risk-factors, read-up even more about PrEP, and talk to a medical professional.

Sources:

  1. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html
  2. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/prevention/research/prep/
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