Deciding To Use 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.
To Prep or not to Prep, is an individual decision based on many factors, including your sexual practices, choice of sex partners, willingness to use other prevention methods, and whether you can stick to a daily regiment of pill taking. Having a strong support system, i.e., health care providers, friends, case managers, etc… It is hoped that Prep, along with condom use, can help turn the tide in terms of new HIV infections among some high risk groups, such as men who have sex with men.
Williams & Associates, Inc., currently offers up-to-date PrEP information, and linkage to PrEP medical care through partnership with other local PrEP providers. Reach out to the agency for more information, and look out for future PrEP events.