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Let’s Talk About PrEP for Women

I’m Dr. Charlene Flash and I’m here to talk about HIV.

So, PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. Some people think about it in the same way that they think about birth control, where you start taking medication in advance, so that you can protect yourself when the encounter happens.

For the most part, PrEP is taken once daily on a regular basis to protect people who are at risk of getting HIV.

It’s a game changer.

PrEP allows individuals to actually take the power into their hands. So, whether or not that sexual partner decides to consistently use the condom, you know that you’re protected.

And so, it’s not just the advance of the technology of knowing you can take this tablet once a day to protect yourself from becoming infected, it’s also giving people power back.

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