To PrEP or Not to PrEP? Is that a Question?

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Hi everyone!  I am excited to write my first blog for On the Moovz, as your Health & Wellness Editor!  I wanted my first blog to be meaningful and timely, so lets talk about PrEP!

As an advocate for effective behavioral interventions, I believe that PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is effective in preventing HIV infections. When combined with the use of condoms and other prevention methods, it can provide greater protection than using it by itself. It is a pill that is taken once a day, every day, combined with seeing a health care provider regularly for regular 3-month follow-ups. BUT, it is not for everyone. The best thing to do is to speak with a PrEP specialist if it is right for you.  Here is a little more information for you via www.aids.gov

“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP is a way for people who don’t have HIV but who are at very high risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill contains two medicines that are also used to treat HIV. If you take PrEP and are exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from taking hold in your body.
 
PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months.
 
PrEP is not for everyone. Federal guidelines recommend that PrEP be considered for people who are HIV-negative and at very high risk for HIV infection.  If you have any questions feel free to message me on Moovz!
 
 To learn more if PrEP is right for you, check out this video: