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“So, I heard I don’t have to wear condoms anymore. All I have to do is go on PrEP,” a twenty-something- year-old greeted me. I nearly fell off of my stool. “Is that what your heard?” I replied. “Yup, all of my friends keep telling me I need to get the pill. So I figured I’d come and ask if you can prescribe me some.” “Glad you came to see me”, I answered, as I would to any sexually-active person of any age. “Let’s have a little chat,” I continued.
What Is PrEP?
“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. The word “prophylaxis” means to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease. PrEP is a way for people who do not have HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day.
Who Can Use PrEP?
Your doctor may consider prescribing PrEP for you if you are HIV negative and at substantial risk for HIV infection. Being at substantial risk includes:
What Medications Are Used For PrEP?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada for daily use as PrEP for “at high risk for HIV infection” people. Truvada is a combination of two HIV medications: tenofovir and emtricitabine. These medicines work by blocking important pathways that HIV uses to set up an infection. If you take PrEP every day there will be enough medicine in your bloodstream to prevent HIV from taking hold and spreading in your body. If you take PrEP inconsistently there may not be enough medicine in the bloodstream to block the virus.
How Well Does PrEp Work?
In several studies of PrEP, the risk of getting HIV infection was much lower (up to 92%) for those who took the medicines consistently compared to those who did not take PrEP.
Is PrEP Safe?
Some people in the clinical trials for PrEP had early side effects such an upset stomach or a loss of appetite. These symptoms were mild and went away within the first month. Others reported having a mild headache, while some had changes in the laboratory measurements of their kidney function. Still others had changes in tests measuring bone thickness.
Should I Go On PrEP?
For heterosexual couples where one partner has HIV and the other does not (a discordant couple), PrEP is one of several options to protect the uninfected partner during conception and pregnancy.
People who use PrEP must be able to take the drug every day as well as follow up with a healthcare provider every three months to check for possible medication side effects, HIV testing, and for prescription refills.
Although PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool, no prevention is 100% effective. Individuals who use PrEP should use it along with other effective HIV prevention strategies. These include:
As I always remind my patients of any age, PrEP does not prevent you from getting any other sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, or human papilloma virus. You can talk with your healthcare provider to find out if PrEP is right for you.
The Charity Thanks You
Readers have responded to the magazine’s call to donate to the POHGEP. Two readers even called to write a check for the entire balance. “16 Gambian students now will be able to pay their school fees and know that a person in America and the world care about their well-being because of the generosity of our readers,” says Young.
From the funds we recently won from the DC Humanities Council, we paid several Gambians who helped make our Facebook Chat with the Gambians at the Humanities, Arts, and Technology festival success. One of the participants, 19-year-old Rugiatou Bah (pictured), a 2015 graduate of Kotu Secondary School in Kotu, The Gambia, wrote, “I shared the money with my family because it happens to be my first payment, so I need their blessing.”
Bah was a member of the Facebook Friends group who has remained in contact with the group and would like to become a medical doctor. She added, “but I don't think it will be possible for me, so want to try the nursing field.”
If you have a teenage student or a group of them interested in participating in an hour-long organized Facebook chat with their Gambian counterparts, let us know. We plan to organize another session in the near future.
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16000 Croom Airport Road
Upper Marlboro, MD
Sat, Oct 17,10a-4p, free,
some nominal fees for activities
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