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HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
HIV PrEP or HIV Pre Exposure prophylaxis is for a person who is at High risk of HIV infection to take HIV medication daily to reduce the chances of HIV infection.
What are HIV PrEP and HIV PEP?
HIV PrEP should not be mistaken for HIV PEP of HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis.
HIV PEP is for any individual who is at risk of HIV infection AFTER an HIV exposed to HIV to take HIV medicines for a month to reduce his or her chances of HIV infection.
HIV Pre Exposure prophylaxis and HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis do not 100% reduce your chances of HIV infection, nor prevent you from being infected with other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) besides HIV.
HIV PEP as an HIV prevention strategy was first developed for healthcare workers, who are being exposed to contaminated blood or needles prick. It has since expanded to other HIV high-risk activities such as sexual exposure and intravenous drugs used.
Another development of HIV prevention is by using HIV Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as a strategy to reduce the chances of HIV infection even before any potential HIV exposure.
Who can take HIV PrEP?
HIV PrEP is only for individuals who belong to HIV high-risk group and their HIV status is negative.
HIV High-Risk Group:
- Who have an HIV-positive partner
- Who have multiple partners, a partner with multiple partners, or a partner whose HIV status is unknown and do not practice safe sex
- Who have anal sex without a condom
- Who have recently had sexually transmitted disease (STD)
Do I stop using Condom when on HIV PrEP?
Combining HIV PrEP and condom use give you greater protection. HIV PrEP does not prevent you from other STD infection.
Condom use can help prevent other STDs like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.
What is HIV PrEP Medication?
The medicine that is recommended for HIV PrEP is Truvada, which combines tenofovir/emtricitabine.
What are the side effects of HIV PrEP?
Like any drugs, HIV PrEP does have side effects.
A small number of people will experiences "start-up syndrome" like:
- Gastrointestinal discomfort
- Bloating nausea
- Weight Loss
HIV PrEP may affect your kidney and bone function. Hence, regular visit with our doctors is essential to monitor any implications.
How to start HIV PrEP?
Speak to our doctor at our clinics. Our doctor will conduct tests for HIV, STD and kidney function.
We recommend starting HIV PrEP at least seven days before any HIV high-risk encounters. If there are none, HIV PrEP immediately after the consultation.
Visit our doctors very three months to screen for HIV and STDs.
Can I Stop HIV PrEP and How?
You can stop HIV PrEP at four weeks after you have any high-risk HIV encounters that will potentially get you infected with HIV.