What is PrEP?

  • PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is an HIV prevention approach that uses anti-HIV drugs on HIV negative individuals as a method to prevent HIV infection.
  • Truvada, an FDA approved anti-HIV drug is now available for use as PrEP.
  • When combined with other prevention strategies, PrEP can reduce HIV infection risk among men who have sex with men, transgender women, and heterosexual men and women. No data are available regarding benefits for injection drug users.
  • PrEP should only be used by individuals who are HIV negative.
  • PrEP has shown to be effective in some populations when used in combination with regular HIV testing, condoms, and other proven prevention methods. 

Is PrEP a cure for HIV?

  • PrEP is part of a comprehensive HIV prevention approach, not a cure for HIV. HIV negative individuals who have sex with someone who is HIV positive or has an unknown status may take antiretroviral medication (PrEP) to lower their chances of becoming infected if they are exposed to it.
  • PrEP is not used by HIV positive individuals to treat HIV infection.

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