PrEP is a medication that prevents HIV negative people from acquiring HIV. It’s new(ish), it’s exciting – and it’s a game-changer in our mission to end HIV.
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Pre-Exposure means it needs to be taken before sex – and Prophylaxis is a scientific term for something that prevents an infection.
Hundreds of thousands of people across the planet are already taking PrEP, and clinical studies have shown that if PrEP is taken every day it reduces the risk of acquiring HIV by up to 99%. This means that a person on PrEP can have sex with anyone, regardless of their HIV status, and their chance of contracting HIV is extremely low.
But it’s really important to remember that PrEP doesn’t prevent any other STIs, like syphilis or gonorrhoea - so it’s a good idea to keep condoms in the mix to protect from these.