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Can I start and stop PrEP?

Yes, you can stop and start. As long as you understand how to do it safely. But if you’re on it, my recommendation is if you’re on it let’s be on it until you’re ready to stop and then let’s stop. And if things change and you need to be on it again. Let’s get on it again. But let’s make sure that you’re safe and that you don’t have a false sense of protection.

Dr. Flash covers how you can start and stop PrEP – the HIV prevention pill- safely.

You can go on and off PrEP, but should do so under the guidance of a healthcare provider. Before restarting PrEP, you will need to get re-tested for HIV.

Also, to achieve the same high level of protection against HIV as before, remember that you need to take it for a while for it to reach maximum effectiveness.

Click here for more information on PrEP.


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