What PrEP stands for?
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.