Earlier this month, the Center for Disease Control officially endorsed the use of Truvada, a Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) pill that when taken daily, has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%, according to the CDC.
The CDC explains:
PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months.
Truvada however does not prevent infection from other sexually transmitted infections such as herpes, hepatitis, gonorrhea and syphilis. The CDC recommends the use of condoms in conjunction with taking the daily Truvada regimen.
Common side effects of taking Truvada include headache, stomach pain and weight loss. Rare but serious ones include liver and kidney damage.
To further explain this new and somewhat confusing topic, YouTube channel YourekaScience has put together a short illustrated video explaining how Truvada works:
Visit the CDC’s PrEP Q&A section here, for more helpful information.
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