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What is PrEP?
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is FDA-approved to reduce the chances of developing HIV from sex or injection drug use in HIV-negative patients. PrEP should be used together with safe-sex practices to reduce the high risk of of contracting HIV.
Who should NOT take Prep?
To make sure PrEP is right for you, tell your clinician if you have:
- Liver disease
- Impaired kidney function
- Hepatitis C
- If you're pregnant or breastfeeding
- If you've tested positive for HIV
What are the side effects of PrEP?
Common side effects are:
- Nausea and stomach pain
- Weight loss
Less common but more severe side effects include:
- Lactic acidosis
- Sudden or unusual bone pain
- Kidney or Liver problems
PrEP alone will not protect you from HIV infection. It's important to use safe-sex practices and get HIV testing regularly.
What is the difference between PrEP and PEP?
Prophylaxis means “treatment or actions taken to prevent a disease.” PrEP is a treatment plan to prevent HIV before a person is exposed while PEP is a treatment plan for after a person is exposed.
PEP is given to people who think they may have been exposed to HIV through sexual contact, shared needles or someone who has been sexually assaulted. Also, if a healthcare worker is accidentally pricked by a used needle during work, they may be given PEP as a precautionary measure.
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