HIV AWARENESS AND PREVENTION

This post acknowledges World AIDS Day, which was Saturday.

There are two new drugs on the market I think all sexually active people needs to know about. One is called Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, which is a prevention option for people who are at high risk of getting HIV. It’s meant to be used consistently, as a pill taken every day, and to be used with other prevention options such as condoms.

The other, I compare to the morning after pill.  I feel it should be automatically given to all rape victims.  Unfortunately, it’s not automatically offered so EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW SINCE RAPE IS A COMMON PROBLEM!

PEP is the use of antiretroviral drugs after a single high-risk event to stop HIV from making copies of itself and spreading through your body. PEP must be started as soon as possible to be effective—and always within three days of a possible exposure. If you think you may have been exposed to HIV very recently, see a doctor as soon as possible to find out if PEP is right for you.

Take to time to talk to your kids.  HIV can be prevented when educated. The more we know, the more we grow!

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