Have You Heard Of PrEP For HIV Prevention
PrEP a treatment used to prevent HIV infection has been available in Australia for over 4 years. Despite it's roll out there are still many people who have not heard of Truvada the medication used to block HIV transmission.
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Have You Heard Of PrEP For HIV Prevention?
No Ive not heard of it, not sure it would be for me.
No but I would like to learn more
Yes I have but I am not currently taking Truvada
Yes I am currently taking PrEP to block HIV
What Is PrEP?
Prep is a tablet that when taken every day can help reduce the chances of HIV infection by up to 99%. It’s a tablet that’s called Truvada which contains two drugs – Emtricitabine as well as Tenofovir and when taken on a regular basis, this can help reduce the chances of HIV infection in people who are at high risk of becoming infected with HIV.
Truvada For Pre Exposure Prophylaxis
Are You Participating In These Australian PrEP Studies?
No I am not currently taking PrEP
No I am not on a study but I am importing PrEP from overseas
I am participating in the EPIC study in NSW
I am participating in the PrEPx study in Victoria
I am participating in the QPrEPd study in Queensland
How Does PrEP Block HIV Infection?
When HIV infects a cell, it has an ability to take over some of the mechanisms within the cell and start creating copies of itself. When PrEP is taken on a daily basis, this ability is actually halted. It’s the equivalent of putting in a faulty cartridge into the photocopier. So, what it means is the ability for HIV to replicate is halted. What happens then is that the HIV is stuck within the cell, it’s not able to escape, and our healthy immune system is able to come along and kill the cell including the HIV, which is trapped inside.
How Does PrEP Work?
How Do You Take PrEP
I take it every day in the morning
I take it every day before bed
I use a app that reminds me to take my medications
Recommended Ways To Take PrEP
There are a number of different studies that look at ways that you can take PrEP. However, here in Australia, our recommendation is that PrEP should be taken every day. When PrEP is taken every day, what we know is that there is enough drug within the system to reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 99%. It’s very important that you find a regular routine to take the tablet. For some people, I say find something that you do on a reliable basis every day and then attach taking that drug at that time. For example, if every morning you have a coffee, take your drug, put it beside the coffee jar as a reminder to take the medicine every day. Sometimes, using an app on your phone can be helpful as a reminder to take your tablet. It may also be useful to get a small container and place one or two tablets of your PrEP inside that container and throw it into your work bag. That way, if you forget to take a tablet, you’ve got one with you and you can take it straight away.
Australian Guidelines For Taking PrEP
Do You Still Use Condoms When Taking PrEP
I continue to use condoms as they are an added layer of protection against HIV
I continue to to use condoms as they reduce the risk of STI's
I use condoms if my partner asks me
I don't use condoms anymore
Do You Need To Use Condoms When Taking PrEP?
PrEP protects against HIV, however, it does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections. Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Herpes- these can all still be transmitted while you’re on PrEP. What we know is the use of condoms can reduce the chance of transmission of these. So, we do recommend that people consider using condoms at the same time as PrEP.
Condoms When Taking PrEP
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