What Do I Do When Arrested By The Police?
When arrested by the police, please do not resist arrest and do not give any statement until your lawyer arrives even under duress.
What is PrEP?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily course of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) taken by HIV-negative people to protect themselves from infection.
Evidence shows that, when taken consistently and correctly, PrEP reduces the chances of HIV infection to near-zero.
Does PrEP use increase risk behaviour?
However, a study that took place between 2010 to 2015 among men who have sex with men in Montréal, Canada did find an association. Increased rates of STIs were observed in the first 12 months of taking PrEP, compared to the 12 months prior. This suggests that, if people are engaging in high-risk sex that increases their likelihood of having an STI, they are also likely to be exposed to HIV and so would greatly benefit from PrEP, along with interventions designed to increase condom use.
What Is The Cost Effectiveness Of PrEP
PrEP drug costs are lower than HIV treatment costs, both per-dose and for the duration of use. Moreover, PrEP is prescribed to be taken consistently, but only when someone is at heightened risk of HIV, whereas, should someone acquire HIV, they will need to be on antiretroviral treatment (ART) for their entire life in order to stay healthy. With an estimated cost of less than 5% of an HIV program’s total budget, PrEP is considered by UNAIDS to be a key component of a Fast-Tracked response.
PrEP can also create links between individuals and other sexual and reproductive health services such as STI testing, prevention tools such as condoms, lube and harm reduction, family planning services, and services to prevent or respond to gender-based violence.
PERSONS TO CONSIDER FOR PrEP
Men who Have Sex with Men
Heterosexually Active Women and Men
Persons who Inject Drugs
What is the difference between PrEP, PEP, and ART?
All three contain antiretroviral medicines in different combination for different purposes:
PrEP is a pill that has 2 anti-HIV medicines taken daily to prevent HIV for HIV-negative people. PrEP is taken before you think you might be exposed to HIV.
PEP is taken within 72 hours after exposure to HIV (e.g. after rape) for 28 days to prevent HIV. PeP is taken after you think you have been exposed to HIV.
ART is a 3-medicine treatment for HIV-positive people that reduces the levels of HIV in a person’s body. ART helps the body stay strong and helps it fight off infections and other illnesses.
Is PrEP for me?
PrEP is for anyone who is HIV-negative and feels they might be at risk of getting HIV. If you are unsure about taking PrEP, why not try going through this roadmap https://www.myprep.co.za/gamification that can help you decide whether PrEP is a good option for you.
Why do I need to take PrEP now when I can take ARVs if I get HIV?
aking PrEP is a choice. An HIV prevention choice that is person-centered. If you are HIV-negative and feel you are at risk of getting infected, you can choose to take PrEP for as long as you need to. However, if a person is HIV-positive, they have no choice and have to take ARVs for the rest of their lives in order to be healthy.
How does PrEP work?
HIV-negative people who take PrEP every day can lower their risk of HIV by more than 90%.
How often do I need to take PrEP?
You need to take it once a day at approximately the same time. You can take it within a few hours of your normal time – as long as you only take one pill a day.
Is PrEP Safe?
PrEP has been shown to be very safe.
PrEP is also safe with alcohol and drugs, as well as contraceptives and other medicine.
Does PrEP have side effects?
Some people may experience mild side effects when they start PrEP.
The most common side effects include:
Changes in appetite
In most people, these side effects go away after a few weeks.
Can I get HIV from taking PrEP?
No, you cannot get HIV from PrEP. The medications in PrEP work to prevent HIV.
If I take PrEP, does this mean I have to take it for the rest of my life?
No. It is important that you take PrEP daily while at risk of getting HIV.
When you feel that you are no longer at risk you can talk to your healthcare provider about stopping PrEP.
What happens if I miss a pill?
If you missed a pill, take it as soon as you remember, and continue to take daily as before.
PrEP requires strict adherence to daily medication and regular HIV testing. Where possible, it should be used together with other HIV prevention methods.
If it is used properly, PrEP will play a role in helping to reduce the number of new HIV infections
What if I want to stop taking PrEP?
If you decide that you no longer wish to take PrEP, discuss stopping with a healthcare provider. You will get information for how long after you should continue to make sure you are properly protected.
Can I take PrEP for one night only?
No. You need to take the pill once a day for at least 7 days before you are fully protected.
Can I use PrEP and contraception together?
Yes, PrEP can be taken with any kind of contraception.