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Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Questions You May Have Before Seeking A PrEP Prescription

by Hugh Larson

PrEP has changed life for the better for those who have HIV-positive partners and for those who desire protection should they share sexual intimacy with someone whose HIV status is unknown. Available by prescription, PrEP is generally regarded as safe, and it is very effective in preventing a patient from contracting HIV through sex. If you're considering a PrEP prescription yourself, you might have a few questions, such as those below.

How often do you have to take PrEP?

This actually depends on which type of PrEP you take. There are two. 

The first type of PrEP is a medication that you take once a day, every day. This is the option generally recommended for those in a long-term relationship with someone who is HIV positive. It is also the best option for women.

The second type of PrEP is taken, as needed, prior to any sexual activity with someone who may be HIV positive. With this option, you'll take two pills the day before possible exposure, and then you'll continue taking pills for 2 days after the possible exposure. This option is generally recommended for men who have sex with men and who have occasional, potential exposure to HIV.

Will PrEP make you feel strange?

Most people do not feel any different when taking PrEP. It should not lower or change your sex drive in any way. Occasionally, people do experience some side effects like headaches and mild nausea after taking PrEP. The good news is that these side effects are usually temporary. They should go away within a few days once your body adapts to the medication. 

Is PrEP safe for everyone?

There are a few people who should not take PrEP, including those with certain kidney diseases. If you fall into this category, your doctor will likely not prescribe you PrEP. If your doctor reviews your medical history and determines that it is safe for you to take PrEP, then you can be confident in their decision. 

Does PrEP protect you from HIV transmitted by needles?

PrEP can offer some protection against HIV when transmitted by needles, but not nearly as much protection as it offers against sexually transmitted HIV. The best way to avoid HIV when using injectable medications is to never share needles and only ever use sterile needles. 

If you have more questions about PrEP medicine, feel free to ask your doctor. These medications can be incredibly helpful for those at risk for HIV.


About Me

Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

I have worked in a supportive role in the medical industry for over 20 years, and I have been amazed at the advances in medicine that have been made. While it is always great to hear about a new medication that helps cure a disease or a new surgical procedure that can help someone live a normal life again after an injury, I have been especially amazed at the research that has shown just how much our physical and mental health are connected. Since I keep on top of all of the amazing medical studies being performed and I know others are too busy to hunt them down themselves, I decided to start a blog to share my favorite health tips for keeping both your mind and body healthy.