HIV PrEP can be taken in several different ways depending on your unique lifestyle. The most common and effective way to take it is with a daily dose – a single tablet taken at around the same time every day. In medical studies, this has been shown to provide the best level of protection against HIV. Also, this schedule is easy to remember and adhere to, thereby reducing the chance of consuming the wrong amount of medication at the wrong time.
The medication currently recommended for HIV PrEP has also shown to be safe and effective for long-term use and rarely causes any significant side effects.
Because no prevention strategy for sexually active people is 100% effective, individuals taking PrEP are still encouraged to use other effective prevention strategies to maximally reduce their risk, including:
• Using condoms consistently and correctly
• Getting HIV and STD testing with partners
• Choosing less risky sexual behaviours, such as oral sex or mutual masturbation
• For people who inject drugs, getting into drug treatment programs and using sterile equipment
The more prevention options patients choose, the greater their protection. Some HIV prevention strategies, such as using condoms, can also provide protection against other STDs, which PrEP does not prevent.
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