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Let’s Talk About PrEP

Hey, if you’re sexually active, hold on for one second. Stop. You’re gonna wanna watch this video.

So PrEP is this amazing opportunity to really take control of your own sexual life.

I can take a pill a day, I can take an injection every couple months and I can take this HIV fear and anxiety away.

PrEP is pre-exposure prophylaxis. It is HIV medication that people who do not have HIV can take and it prevents HIV infection.

PrEP is extraordinarily effective, 99% effective in most cases when it comes to sexual transmission of HIV.

It’s such big news because it allows people to really express themselves sexually and also allows for a really significant amount of control. It’s not about the heat of the moment, it’s about planning in advance, whether they want to do daily PrEP, injectable PrEP, whether they want to do episodic or 211 PrEP, or they want to use a condom or put condoms and PrEP together in a way that makes sense for them.

The beauty of PrEP is that you don’t have to stay on it forever. So, you know, people’s lives change depending on what’s happening. If you are having more sex, more encounters, it may be the right time for PrEP for you.

If something changes and you enter a monogamous relationship, you may choose to stop it or you may not. Really, it’s up to you.

So, if you think you need it, if you see yourself in anything that I’m saying today, or you just don’t want to worry so much when you have sex in general, PrEP is a great option.

And if you need help, there are lots of ways to find it.

This video is a joint production of KFF’s GREATER THAN HIV and CDC’s LET’S STOP HIV TOGETHER. This information is shared for educational purposes and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at the time of filming.

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