Preventative HIV Medications
In recent years, medications have become available that can be taken to prevent someone from getting HIV prior to exposure. For individuals 77 lbs and above, this medication is one of many steps that can be taken, along with regular HIV testing and condoms, that can reduce the risk of contracting HIV.
What is PrEP & How Does it Prevent HIV?
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a type of medication that someone can take daily to prevent them from getting HIV. This medication works by making it less likely that the virus can replicate in the body, effectively stopping it from taking hold if there is an exposure. PrEP is a great option for individuals who are at increased risk. While PrEP does act as an effective method of prevention against HIV, it’s important to note that PrEP does not protect against pregnancy, other sexually transmitted infections, or function as a treatment for people living with HIV.
For more information about PrEP please visit www.PrEPIowa.org