Is PrEP for Women?
Similar to birth control Truvada as PrEP is a medication that is taken before being exposed to prevent HIV. Birth control does not protect against HIV, so women stand to benefit greatly from PrEP. Women make up nearly 20% or every 1 in 5 new HIV diagnosis. Taking Truvada as PrEP just once daily can reduce your chances of getting HIV by more than 90%.
Why Would I Want to take PrEP?
PrEP is a tool that women can use to prevent HIV acquisition without their partners' cooperation. If you frequently have unprotected sex even with a single partner, you have a much higher risk of being exposed to HIV. Many people do not know their status and fail to get tested. Truvada as PrEP helps you take your health into your own hands.
How Does PrEP Work?
Truvada as PrEP works by helping to prevent HIV from establishing in the body. It does this by preventing the infection from hijacking your CD4 cells to replicate. PrEP when taken daily has shown to be just as effective for men as it is for women. It is important to note that while PrEP reaches peak effectiveness in the anal tissue at around seven days, it will take up to 21 days for PrEP to be effective in vaginal tissue.
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