Have YOU heard of PrEP?
Truvada for PrEP is a once-daily medication HIV-negative people can take to greatly protect themselves from contracting the virus. Truvada for PrEP has been available since 2012 and has been found to be over 90% effective at preventing people from getting HIV.
What about pregnancy and STIs?
DO NOT use PrEP in place of birth control or condoms; PrEP does not protect against pregnancy or other STIs. However, consistent use of PrEP, birth control, and condoms can keep you sexually happy and healthy.
Yes, you can use PrEP and take birth control at the same time. PrEP does not have a negative interaction with any birth control methods.
How often do I have to take PrEP?
You have to take PrEP everyday to get full coverage. If you miss a pill, your protection goes down because there is less medication in your system. We recommend you use condoms along with PrEP because it does not protect you against other STIs or pregnancy.
How long does it take PrEP to work?
For men, PrEP gives 99.9% protection against HIV within 7 days. So, if you think you are going to have sex with someone living with HIV, doctors recommend taking PrEP every day for 7 days and every day after to maintain full protection against HIV.
For women, PrEP gives 99.9% protection against HIV within 30 days. So, if you think you are going to have sex with someone living with HIV, doctors recommend taking PrEP every day for 30 days and every day after to maintain full protection against HIV.
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