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Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

prep-pill-hivPrEP stands for, Pre-exposure prophylaxis and it is a drug which is given to HIV negative people who are at the risk of getting HIV positive. Now a days the only pill which is available as a drug for PrEP is Truvada , which is a single pill used as a combo of two anti-HIV drugs, tenofovir and emtricitabine.

How can PrEP prevent HIV?

PrEP is a drug which can save you from getting HIV infection from a person who is HIV positive. For example, if you have done unprotected sex with a person who is HIV positive and you want to prevent the infection, you can take the pill. It will stop the infection.

How effective is PrEP?

However, PrEP is not 100 percent safe, but the chances of preventing HIV through unsafe sex gets 90 percent reduces if the pill is taken and in case of inject drugs, the tablet reduces the chances of getting HIV to 70 percent. In case of having sex, it is always good to use a condom if you want to avoid HIV infection. Also, PrEP doesn’t reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This is one good reason you should always use a condom while having sex. If you want to know more on PrEP, you must visit our HIV counselling doctors in Gurgaon, they will offer you the best guidance on how to use PrEP drug and if you need it or not.

You need to take PrEP if:

• You are having sex with an HIV positive person
• You have sex with multiple partners and you are not sure if they are HIV negative or not
• You are heterosexual and you do not use protection and you have had sex with strangers without knowing their condition or status of HIV
• You have shared needles while doing injecting drugs

But do you actually need to take PrEP?  

With our experience we have observed that 90% of people who fear having contacted HIV live in their world of anxiety and apprehensions and we have treated many such patients through our counselling only.  So, before you go for PrEP or any other medication, you must for once visit and meet with our HIV counsellors.