Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) refers to antiretroviral drugs taken daily by HIV negative
people who are at ongoing risk of HIV infection to reduce their chances of becoming infected.
If used consistently, PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection by over 90%. However, because it does not protect against other STI’s or unplanned pregnancy, it should always be used with other preventive measures such as condoms for safer sexual practices.
If you have been taking PrEP correctly and consistently, it helps build a protective layer around your body cells. For example having unprotected sex with someone who is living with HIV or coming into contact with infected body fluid, PrEP can stop the virus from
establishing itself in your body.
If used consistently, PrEP can significantly reduce the risk of HIV infection, giving you peace of mind. However, it does not protect against other STIs and unplanned pregnancies and should be used with other preventive measures such as condoms.
Some people who take PrEP may experience side effects that last for a short period. These may include; headache, weight loss, nausea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort. These side effects often reduce or stop after a few weeks of taking PrEP.
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