Our friends from the City of Austin HIV Prevention Program are back with some important information pertaining to HIV and AIDS for ya! Check out their first blog for us! As many of you know, we are seeing a significant rise in HIV infections among gay men nationwide. So hopefully we can help raise some awareness about HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, and scientific developments with the help of the City of Austin HIV Prevention Program!
Check it out! There is an anti-HIV medication on the market that can reduce YOUR risk of contracting HIV! This pill is called PrEP. PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis….sounds complicated? The San Francisco AIDS Foundation does a spectacular job in explaining the basics about PrEP. Let’s break it down!
Pre = before.
Exposure = coming into contact with HIV
Prophylaxis = treatment to prevent an infection from happening
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an HIV prevention strategy where HIV-negative individuals take anti-HIV medications before coming into contact with HIV to reduce their risk of becoming infected. The medications work to prevent HIV from establishing infection inside the body.
PrEP has been shown to reduce risk of HIV infection through sex for gay and bisexual men, transgender women, and heterosexual men and women, as well as among people who inject drugs. It does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STI) or pregnancy. It is not a cure for HIV.(San Francisco AIDS Foundation, 2015)
Truvada is the name of the medication that adopts the PrEP prevention strategy. The FDA approved Truvada in 2012.
Truvada is amazing on its own, but is a stronger defense when used in conjunction with other HIV prevention strategies such as the use of condoms, lube, regular HIV testing and open communication with your partners.
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