This article was published on February 6th, 2023
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a highly effective way to reduce the risk of contracting HIV. It involves taking a daily pill or, in some cases, taking pills on demand or receiving an injection. In this article, we will explore the variety of options available for taking PrEP, including the pros and cons of each method.
One medical expert, Dr Sedra Rafik states, “PrEP is a game changer for HIV prevention. It offers individuals a way to take control of their own health and reduce their risk of contracting HIV.”
When used as part of an overall safer-sex toolkit, PrEP can be highly effective in preventing HIV. However, it is important to note that PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or unintended pregnancy.
One option for taking PrEP is a daily pill, commonly known as the brand name drug, Truvada, which is emtricitabine and tenofovir disproval fumarate tablet. This method is highly effective and is recommended for individuals who are at a high risk of contracting HIV, such as those who engage in condomless sex or have multiple partners. The daily pill is also recommended for individuals who have difficulty remembering to take medication.
Another option is taking pills on demand, also known as event-based dosing. This method involves taking a set series of pills immediately before and after engaging in sexual activity that may put an individual at risk of contracting HIV. This method is recommended for individuals who have infrequent sexual encounters or who have difficulty sticking to a daily regimen.
A new option for PrEP is the long-acting injection, such as Cabenuva. This method involves receiving a shot every eight weeks and is recommended for individuals who have difficulty sticking to a daily or event-based regimen. The long-acting injection offers the convenience of not having to remember to take a pill every day.
Ultimately, the choice of which PrEP method to use will depend on an individual’s personal preferences and needs. It is important to discuss the options with a healthcare provider and consider factors such as effectiveness, side effects, and ease of use.
PrEP offers individuals a variety of options for reducing their risk of contracting HIV. Whether it be a daily pill, event-based dosing, or a long-acting injection, PrEP can be a powerful tool in the fight against HIV. It is important to discuss the options with a healthcare provider and find the method that works best for you.