This article was published on July 31st, 2019
Thank goodness for modern medicine. Fortunately for many of gays, we are living in an era where contracting HIV is no longer a death sentence. Lucky that new advancements in fighting the disease and preventing its spread have led to dramatically lowered transmission rates, where available. New research is yielding better results and more effective tools that can be used to fight HIV and AIDS.
The use of anti-retroviral drugs and eventually pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), have been game changers in the war against AIDS and HIV. But not everyone has been able to accept the daily regimen of taking PrEP. Some have an aversion to the idea of taking a medicine long-term. Some aren’t having sex as frequently. For others, accessibility and price keep them from getting on and staying on PrEP.
‘On-demand’ PrEP, which is commonly referred to as PrEP 2-1-1, is another radical and revolutionary idea and technique to stop the spread. PrEP 2-1-1 is named this because of the way and schedule of when you take PrEP. 2 Pills are taken 2-24 hours before sex, 1 pill is then taken 24 hours later, and 1 final dose is then taken 24 more hours after that. Hence the nickname PrEP 2-1-1.
What’s great about this dosing strategy is it has proven to work in Europe and Canada. There have been zero HIV infections among test participants in studies and among people taking daily PrEP, as well as zero HIV infections for those taking PrEP 2-1-1. Doctors are finding that rates of transmission lower when access to preventative care is available. PrEP 2-1-1 another way people can protect themselves from contracting HIV.
“We think it’s going to bring a whole lot of people to PrEP who previously did not feel like PrEP was for them,” said Chris Hall, MD, vice president of medical affairs at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, a leading proponent of the new intermittent PrEP 2-1-1 usage.
It’s always good to be as prepared and protected during anal sex as possible PrEP is a very effective way of keeping yourself negative. Now that PrEP 2-1-1 is becoming wide stream, there will be more opportunities for those looking to obtain PrEP. Talk with your doctor today to see if PrEP 2-1-1 is right for you. And remember: always wear a condom.