What else should I know about PrEP?
  • It can take 7 to 20 days from when you take your first pill until it's most effective.
  • PrEP must be taken before you come into contact with the virus in order to protect you. PrEP isn't an HIV cure.
  • PrEP is not a pill that has to be taken indefinitely. You have complete control over when you begin and stop taking PrEP. Just keep in mind that if you don't take it on a regular basis, you won't be as safe.
  • Once you've started taking PrEP, you'll need to visit your doctor or nurse every three months to get tested for HIV. They'll discuss any side effects or symptoms you're experiencing with you. They may also check for other STDs and make sure your kidneys are in good working order. You might also get a pregnancy test if pregnancy is a possibility for you.
  • It's critical to take PrEP on a daily basis. If you skip pills, PrEP won't work as well. If you don't take it every day, your body may not have enough medicine to keep HIV at bay.
  • Other sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, are not prevented by PrEP. So, in addition to PrEP, use condoms to help you avoid other STDs and provide additional HIV protection.

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6. What are the risks of taking PrEP?