Are you thinking about ways to prevent HIV? PrEP is one of the options available. HIV prevention options include:
What is PrEP?
PrEP is an HIV prevention pill that is for anyone who is HIV-negative and feels they might be at risk of getting HIV. People who take oral PrEP everyday can lower their risk of HIV by more than 90%
Who should take PrEP?
Deciding to take PrEP is a big deal. You’re committing to taking a pill every day, for as long as you feel at risk of HIV infection. You’re also committing to being part of the generation that will end HIV.
Making this big decision, like any big decision, is made easier by looking at all your options. That’s why we have the PrEP roadmap. It’s a quick tool to help you decide if PrEP is right for you.
How often do I need to take oral PrEP?
You need to take it once a day. We’d recommend you take it at about the same time every day, so that you don’t forget to take it. Some people use their favourite TV program, an alarm or a daily routine like brushing your teeth, to remember to take it. You can take it within a few hours of your normal time – as long as you only take one pill a day.
If you forget to take oral PrEP, take it as soon as you remember but don’t take more than one pill a day! If it’s been a while since you remembered to take oral PrEP, you are no longer protected, and it would be best to go back to the clinic for an HIV test before you start taking oral PrEP again.
What other HIV prevention methods are available?
- Male medical circumcision
- Living a healthy lifestyle
- ART for partners living with HIV – also known as Treatment as Prevention (TasP)
- Treatment for STIs
Choosing to take PrEP or using another method for HIV prevention is a choice you need to make to take care of your health and life.
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Khanyi is a young woman who started PrEP and kept a daily video diary of her experience, side effects and emotional journey. Watch her video!