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PrEP: Pre-exposure prevention of HIV

PrEP: Pre-exposure prevention of HIV

It is always better to take preventive measures than to face the issue itself. Such preventive measures are also available for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a pill, if taken regularly, that can help in preventing HIV. It lowers the chances of getting the virus through sexual intercourse by 90 percent.

Effectiveness

As stated before, PrEP can help reduce the chances of contracting the virus by 90 percent if the pill is taken regularly. If protection is used during intercourse and daily pills, it increases the chances of staying safe. PrEP can even protect you from HIV from sharing needles.

But it is important to keep in mind that for the pill to work best, you should diligently take it every day without missing it because if the pills are not taken daily, then the body may not have enough medication to block and fight off the virus. The pill does not protect you from other sexually transmitted diseases, so to be safe, make sure to use protection.

When is PrEP at its best?

PrEP is best for people who do not have HIV but have a high risk of contracting it. Get in touch with your doctor to find out when PrEP is the most effective. Sexually active people can take PrEP, and those who use syringes or are under some treatment that involves needles. If someone is at risk of getting HIV and is pregnant or breastfeeding or even trying to get pregnant, they should also start taking PrEP regularly to avoid the baby contracting HIV.

Make sure to be completely honest about your situation when visiting a doctor regarding your health care. This will only help the doctors provide the right advice. Keep in mind that PrEP is for preventing HIV from happening; it won’t work on people who already have HIV or came in contact with someone with HIV.

Side effects

PrEP does not have any side effects that may cause serious problems. It is usually nausea, headaches, and appetite loss, which goes away once the body gets used to the medication. PrEP is a daily pill that is very safe to take, and most of the people who take it do not show any side effects.

In case you do show some prolonging side effects, it is better to contact your doctor and find out the reason behind it.

You can get PrEP from health clinics, doctor’s offices, or health departments. Even when you are consuming the pills, you will need to get tested for HIV every three months. If you test positive for HIV, then medications like Tafsure 25 will help in fighting the infection.

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