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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

PrEP – Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

PrEP, short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is a revolutionary defence against HIV for those at higher risk through sex or injection drug use. Highly effective when taken as prescribed, PrEP offers a crucial shield in HIV prevention. Learn more about PrEP and its role in HIV prevention at Hana Holistic’s HIV Specialist page.

What is PrEP?

PrEP, standing for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is a medication regimen for individuals at high risk of HIV infection. It’s often in the form of daily pills or regular injections, drastically lowering the likelihood of HIV contraction through sex or injection drug use. PrEP is an empowering tool in HIV prevention, and you can learn more about it at our Integrative Medicine page.

How Effective is PrEP in Preventing HIV Infection?

When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective, significantly reducing the risk of HIV transmission. It’s particularly crucial for individuals with a high risk of exposure. Studies show that PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV from sex by about 99% and from injection drug use by at least 74%. For further details, visit our Primary Care page.

How Do I Know if I Am Suitable for PrEP?

Suitability for PrEP is determined by your risk factors for HIV. If you’re HIV-negative and at high risk through sexual activity or injection drug use, PrEP might be suitable for you. Consulting with an HIV specialist is essential to assess your specific needs. To find out if PrEP is right for you, schedule an appointment.

What are the Adverse Effects of PrEP?

Most people tolerate PrEP well, but some may experience side effects like nausea, headaches, or fatigue. These usually diminish over time, and regular monitoring with a healthcare provider ensures effective management. To learn more about PrEP and how to manage its side effects, visit our dedicated Health and Wellness Programs page.

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