What is PrEP in gay community?
PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. The word prophylaxis means to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease. The goal of PrEP is to prevent HIV infection from taking hold if you are exposed to the virus.
What does PrEP mean sexually?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a course of HIV drugs taken by HIV-negative people to prevent infection. Taking PrEP correctly will virtually eliminate your risk of getting HIV. PrEP won’t protect you against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as hepatitis C.
Can I infect someone while on PrEP?
It is possible to contract HIV while on PrEP, especially if you frequently forget to take the pill. During your follow-up visits with your healthcare provider while on PrEP, your doctor will test you for HIV to determine your current HIV status.
Is PrEP an antiviral?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a term used to describe the use of medications used to prevent the spread of disease in people who have not yet been exposed to a disease-causing agent, usually a virus. The term typically refers to the specific use of antiviral drugs as a strategy for HIV/AIDS prevention.
Is PrEP safe to take?
When taken every day, PrEP is safe and highly effective in preventing HIV. PrEP reaches maximum protection from HIV for receptive anal sex at about 7 days of daily use. For receptive vaginal sex and injection drug use, PrEP reaches maximum protection at about 21 days of daily use.
What are the side effects of PrEP?
The most common side effects seen in the studies of Truvada as PrEP include headache, nausea, vomiting, rash and loss of appetite. In some people, tenofovir can increase creatinine and transaminases.
How long should I take PrEP after exposure?
Generally speaking, cis-gender men taking on-demand PrEP should continue taking the PrEP medication for at least 2 days after any possible exposure. Anyone taking daily PrEP should continue taking the medication for 28 days after the last possible exposure.
How long does PrEP stay in the body?
Some studies suggest that if you take PrEP every day, it reaches its maximum protection in blood at 20 days, in rectal tissue at about 7 days, and in vaginal tissues at about 20 days.
Can I take PrEP after exposure?
Ideally PEP should begin within an hour of possible infection and no longer than 72 hours after exposure, whereas PrEP should be taken during (before and after) the time high-risk exposure may take place. 7.
Does PrEP work after 72 hours?
Within 24 hours is best but it can be given up to 72 hours (3 days) after possible exposure. The longer the wait, the more chance PEP doesn’t work. After 72 hours PEP is unlikely to work at all so it’s not usually offered. Someone might get it if it’s a few hours after this deadline but not if it’s longer.
Is PrEP bad for liver?
Side effect 4: liver health
In rare cases taking PrEP can affect your liver health. If you notice your skin or the white parts of your eyes turning yellow, dark ‘tea-coloured’ urine, light coloured stools or loss of appetite for several days or longer you should mention this to your prescribing doctor immediately.22 мая 2018 г.