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Published on Feb 8, 2016
Dr. David talks about who might benefit from PrEP.
The second installment of #AskTheHIVDoc, the popular Greater Than AIDS Youtube series in which top HIV doctors answer your questions. This series is "All about PrEP" - the daily pill to prevent HIV. In addition to condoms, the pill has been found to be very effective in protecting against HIV. For more information, visit http://www.greaterthan.org/speak-out/. To find a PrEP provider near you, visit http://greaterthan.org/getPrEP.
Volk, Jonnathan; Marcus, Julia, et al. No New HIV Infections With Increasing Use of HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis in a Clinical Practice Setting, Clinical Infectious Disease, Sept. 2015. Read the press release: http://bit.ly/KPPrEPStudy.
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TRANSCRIPT: Dr. David: So, I’ve been hearing about a pill that can prevent HIV. Does it really work, and how do I get it? Got questions about PrEP? #AskTheHIVDoc has all the answers. The pill that prevents HIV is kind of a newer addition to our HIV prevention methods, and it’s called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. It’s a pill that contains two medications that are commonly used to treat HIV. You take the medication before you get HIV to protect yourself in case you do get exposed. It’s been found to be very effective, um, and in the studies that we’ve seen with gay men, when taken every day it can be effective in reducing risk of HIV by anywhere from 90% to close to 100%. But the important component is taking the pill everyday. If you only take it about 3 or 4 days out of the week, you’re not going to achieve the same level of protection. But PrEP was not intended to be something you have to take for the rest of your life. Sexuality is fluid. Sexual risk behavior is fluid. So, when you feel like you’re putting yourself at risk for HIV, or if you feel that some of your behaviors, if you’re not using condoms as much, PrEP may be useful in that scenario. But it’s not necessarily the case for everybody that once you start PrEP that you have to be on it for the rest of your life. So it’s a case by case scenario.