This is a real story – the first in an ongoing series – from someone who has chosen to use PrEP* as one way to protect himself from HIV.
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*Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a new HIV prevention strategy in which HIV-negative people use HIV antiretrovirals (ARVs), drugs usually used to treat HIV infection, to reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV. Trials among gay men, other men who have sex with men as well as heterosexuals,have shown that PrEP can reduce HIV infection risk – especially when PrEP is taken consistently, and if condoms and other safer sex strategies are used as well. Another study is now underway to test if PrEP works among injection drug users with results expected in 2012.
For more information on PrEP and other new prevention technologies, visit AVAC.org. To learn about rectal microbicides – new prevention technologies that could be delivered via lubricants or rectal douches for people who engage in anal intercourse, visit IRMA – International Rectal Microbicide Advocates.
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