What does prep mean

What PrEP stands for?

pre-exposure prophylaxis
Español (Spanish) PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is medicine people at risk for HIV take to prevent getting HIV from relationship or injection medicine use. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV.

What does PrEP do to the body?

The anti-HIV drugs in PrEP stop the virus replicating in your body. If you are exposed to HIV, for example during relationship without a condom, but have been taking PrEP correctly, there will be high enough levels of the drugs to prevent you from getting HIV.

What does it mean when someone says they’re on PrEP?

If you’re not familiar with PrEP, it stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. For anyone at risk of HIV it’s a highly effective prevention strategy that combines using prescription medication with regular sexual health testing.

How do you use PrEP?

Take 2 tablets of PrEP (double dose) between 2 and 24 hours before relationship. The before-sex double dose is very important to make sure that there is enough medicine in the body when you have relationship. Take a single pill 24 hours after the double dose. Take another single pill the following day, 24 hours later.

How much does PrEP cost per month?

Cost of HIV Prevention medicine Discouraging People from Doing PrEP Therapy. Truvada costs $2,000 a month. Experts say that out-of-pocket expense is preventing a lot of people from taking the PrEP treatment to prevent HIV infection.

Is PrEP safer than condoms?

With the low number of HIV cases among people actively taking PrEP we are now talking about greater than 99 percent effectiveness, in other words, the pill is more effective at preventing HIV than condoms.

Is PrEP a vaccine?

Is PrEP a Vaccine? No. A vaccine causes your body to make special substances called “antibodies” that will fight against a disease-causing germ, like a virus, long after you take the dose. PrEP protects you against HIV only as long as you continue to take it.

Can I drink alcohol while on PEP?

Can I drink alcohol while taking PEP? It is advised that you don’t. Alcohol is processed in the liver and all the PEP drugs can cause liver damage. Best to give it a rest for 28 days.

What are the side effects of PrEP?

PrEP is safe but some people experience side effects like diarrhea, nausea, headache, fatigue, and stomach pain. These side effects usually go away over time. Tell your health care provider about any side effects that are severe or do not go away. Learn more about side effects from the Truvada® and Descovy® .

Is Biktarvy used for PrEP?

Biktarvy is not FDA-approved for preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) of HIV. With PrEP, people who don’t have HIV take HIV drugs to reduce their risk of contracting the virus through relationship. Currently, the FDA has only approved two HIV drugs for PrEP.

How bad are PEP side effects?

Does PEP have side effects? Some people experience no side-effects at all, but some people do. Side-effects are usually only mild to moderate, and include headaches, nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting. They are usually worse in the first week of taking PEP and reduce over time.

Does PEP have bad side effects?

Are there any side effects? PEP is safe but may cause side effects like nausea in some people. In almost all cases, these side effects can be treated and aren’t life-threatening.

What is the cost of PEP?

PEP is available in private clinics, where one bottle of medication (30 tablets) can cost anywhere between ₹ 2,000-4,000.

Does PrEP make you gain weight?

When used by people who are HIV-negative for PrEP, Descovy may cause a small amount of weight gain—or at least may not prevent normal weight gain as happens with Truvada. This is the case for cisgender men and possibly trans women (Descovy has not been studied for PrEP in transmasculine people or cisgender women).

What is the difference between PEP and PrEP?

PrEP is daily medicine that can reduce this risk. With PrEP, if you do get exposed to HIV, the medicine can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis. PEP is for people who have possibly been exposed to HIV.

Does PrEP raise cholesterol?

Using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) does not raise lipid levels or have any substantial effect on body fat, investigators from the iPrEX trial report this month in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.