What is HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis?

May 13th, 2015

PrEPPre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) consists of administering preventive treatments against an illness prior to exposure to it. This is the case, for example, with anti-malaria treatments begun before travelling to malaria-prone areas.

In the case of HIV, PrEP consists of an anticipated anti-retroviral treatment (with the same medicines used for treating HIV infection) for certain persons who are not infected but have a high risk of exposure to HIV, so as to reduce the risk of infection. The aim of the treatment is to block HIV from multiplying if it enters the body and thus prevent the infection from spreading to the entire body.

PrEP is an additional effective prevention method that is not, however, intended for all types of persons with a high risk of HIV-infection. It is also not meant to be used alone, but together with other methods such as condoms, and in combination with HIV-testing.
Similarly, it is not to be used throughout one’s lifetime, but to be taken during periods in a person’s life (whether short or long, occasional or frequent) where there are real risks of HIV exposure.

When properly followed, PrEP has demonstrated its effectiveness for men and women who face a real risk of HIV infection.
For further information on PrEP consult your doctor.

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