What is PrEP ?
PrEP is an oral medication that provides protection from HIV. PrEP helps prevent HIV infection by stopping HIV from replicating inside your body.

When taken correctly, PrEP is effective to prevent getting HIV from unprotected sex or injection drug use. It is much less effective when it is not taken regularly. You still need to use condoms if taking PrEP to prevent the transmission of STIs and to avoid unplanned pregnancies.
PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by over 90% if taken correctly. For injecting drug use, studies show PrEP reduces HIV risk by over 70%.

Who should be on PrEP?

Consider PrEP if you are HIV negative and have any of the following:

Have a sexual partner with HIV (with unknown or detectable viral load)

Not using condoms regularly during sexual intercourse

Have multiple partners

Had an STI in the last 6 months.

Shared needles, syringes or other equipment to inject drugs.

Repeatedly used PEP (post exposure prophylaxis) in past few months.

How do I start PrEP?

Consult a doctor before starting PrEP.

Get tested for HIV (You should be HIV negative)

Blood tests to check kidney function, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C status.

If you’re eligible your doctor will prescribe PrEP Order PrEP through empaneled or any other pharmacy as per the doctor’s prescription

Follow up with your doctor after one month

Consult a doctor before starting PrEP.

Get tested for HIV (You should be HIV negative)

Blood tests to check kidney function, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C status.

If you’re eligible your doctor will prescribe PrEP Order PrEP through empaneled or any other pharmacy as per the doctor’s prescription

Follow up with your doctor after one month

To improve protection against HIV, one must start PrEP, 7 days before exposure to anal sex and 21 days before exposure to vaginal sex

How should I take PrEP?

You need to take PrEP as prescribed by your doctor

Being irregular with PrEP will result in poor protection against HIV.

Ways to remember to take PrEP daily

Talk to your virtual counsellor and set up reminder calls

Set an alarm on your phone...

Have it with the most important meal of the day

Taking PrEP, Don’t Forget

Follow up with your doctor after 1 month after you start PrEP and then atleast every 3 months

Please take PrEP only under doctor’s supervision. Over the counter purchases from pharmacies must be avoided

Condoms can protect you against

Pregnancies

Sexually Transmitted Infections

So it’s best to add a layer of PrEP along with the condoms for maximum protection.

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