Explore the Vital Role of PrEP

Did you know that PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, can cut the risk of HIV infection through sex by 99%? PrEP transforms your daily routine into a strong defense. This simple yet powerful approach gives you a big advantage in protecting you against HIV. 

Your Daily Shield

PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is more than a pill. It is a revolutionary shield that drastically reduces the risk of HIV transmission

PrEP uses antiretrovirals, the same medications used to combat HIV. The brilliance lies in its proactive approach. PrEP involves “preloading” the body with antiretrovirals before potential exposure to the virus. This step ensures your body is prepared to block HIV, stopping it from replicating and causing an infection. 

Is PrEP Right for You?

PrEP is a game-changer for those who are sexually active and HIV-negative. Wondering if PrEP is a good fit for you? Let’s break it down.

  • Have engaged in anal or vaginal sex in the last six months, particularly if your partner is HIV positive.
  • Don’t consistently use condoms.
  • Have received a diagnosis of another STI within the previous six months.
  • Have shared needles, syringes, or other drug-injecting equipment in the last six months.
  • Have used PEP multiple times.

Be PrEPared

While many people on PrEP don’t experience any symptoms, starting PrEP might bring on some mild side effects like nausea, loss of appetite, headaches, fever, muscle pain, or a rash. Don’t worry, though; if you do experience these symptoms, they usually get better as your body adjusts to the medication. 

Taking PrEP every day is crucial, but don’t forget other basics. Use condoms, add some lube, and get tested regularly. Keep open communication with your partner. These steps, along with PrEP, help you protect your health.

Book Your PrEP Consultation

At Spectrum Medical, we’re here to support you. If you would like to learn more about PrEP or have questions, consider us your safe space. Contact us today to get started!

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