pre exposure prophylaxis

Social poster assignment 💊✨ ~ PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and it’s the use of anti-HIV medication to keep HIV negative people from becoming infected. A single pill taken once daily is highly effective against HIV when taken every day. Today more than ever we need to show support for our poz brothers, sisters and non-binary peeps. I love you all my dudes 🌸

bbc.co.uk
Gay men urged to take HIV drugs

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a great weapon to reduce the spread and acquiring of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) especially WITH THE USE OF CONDOMS and regular testing for HIV.

If you are considered a higher at-risk group of getting HIV (e.g. men who have sex with men), then consult with your primary care physician or applicable specialist physician about whether or not taking PrEP (e.g. Truvada) is more beneficial for your health than harmful. Like certain medications (e.g. Lithium, Doxycycline for acne), regular testing of organs and/or human fluids such as the liver or blood cell counts and pH level will be a part of your regular routine when taking PrEP. A link to the official website of the medication Truvada will be provided in the comments section of this post.

PrEP does not guarantee full protection from sharing or receiving HIV, especially without condom use, and will not protect against other sexually transmitted diseases as deadly as HIV and more easier to transmit (e.g. herpes, hepatitis B). They are and will never be intended to be substitutes to regular (usually every 3 weeks for HIV and less or no window period(s) for other STDs) testing and treatments when necessary of HIV and other STDs. Also, you have to ALWAYS disclose all sexual history (e.g. test results, previous treatments, current statuses) to whatever sexual partner(s) you have and DEMAND they share likewise of theirs. Almost always use condoms regardless if taking pre-exposure prophylaxis are a part of your life routine.

I also remain concern about how to broaden access to PrEP for at-risk individuals, holding them accountable to take the medications daily, and having all the body testing required for those in that pill regimen. PrEP remain quite expensive because of it’s a recent medication and worry those in poorer countries and less affluent individuals cannot receive the likely much-needed pill and the other things mentioned in the last sentence for it to be as effective as intended.

For everyone freaking out about Oliver from HTGAWM

I understand the anger and outrage that yet another show has gone down the “sad sick gay” route. However I also see this as a great opportunity for a show with a high number of viewers to speak about an important subject.

HTGAWM has the opportunity to address the issue of living with HIV and of having an HIV positive partner. This is an opportunity for a show with high visibility to help remove some of the stigma related to being HIV positive, as well as debunk some of the misconceptions about individuals who cobtract HIV.

Recently, researchers have discovered that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (commonly known as PrEP or Truvada) could help prevent the contraction of the HIV virus. The show can also help debunk some myths about Truvada and the people who choose to take it.

Oliver’s results give the show a chance to address these issues and help educate their viewers a little bit. While I still wish Peter Nowalk hadn’t gone with this plot, I will withhold judgement until I see how he handles Oliver and Connor.

wsj.com
Why a Drug to Prevent HIV Infection Is in Low Demand
Even as public-health officials push wider use of PrEP to prevent HIV infection, some AIDS organizations lobby against the medication.
By Sumathi Reddy

Public-health officials are pushing for much wider use of a drug that has proved effective at preventing HIV infection.

PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a daily medication that people at high risk for HIV can take to protect against acquiring the virus, which causes AIDS. The drug Truvada was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012 for use as PrEP.  About 50,000 people a year in the U.S. become infected with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Still, fewer than 22,000 people are estimated to have taken PrEP for prevention, according to an analysis this year in the journal Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS. AIDS remains a significant cause of death in certain populations although treatments have made living with the syndrome a reality for many.

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