PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is highly effective at preventing HIV. It’s a medical regimen that includes regular doctor visits, labs and taking one pill once a day.
PrEP is a preventative option for anyone that does not have HIV and is vulnerable to contracting HIV. It’s a medical regimen that provides a more comprehensive medical approach to preventing HIV. PrEP includes several components – regular doctor visits, HIV testing, labs, education, and taking one pill once a day.
The word “prophylaxis” means to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease. PrEP is a pill that contains two medicines that are also used to treat HIV. If someone is taking PrEP and are exposed to HIV, PrEP will work to keep the virus from taking hold in the body.
PrEP is not a vaccine and does not work like a vaccine; it is a pill that is taken daily. The FDA-approved pill is called Truvada®, which uses a combination of the HIV medications tenofovir and emtricitabine to block the pathways that HIV uses to set up an infection.