The Government Introduces PrEP, Drug To Prevent HIV

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The government of Kenya has rolled out a new HIV prevention drug dubbed PRep, which will be used by individuals to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Who is supposed to use the drug;

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PrEP is not for everyone. Federal guidelines recommend that PrEP be considered for people who are HIV-negative and at very high risk for HIV infection. This includes anyone who is in an ongoing relationship with an HIV-positive partner. It also includes anyone who:

  • Is not in a mutually monogamous* relationship with a partner who recently tested HIV-negative, and
  • Is a:
    • gay or bisexual man who has had anal sex without a condom or been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection within the past 6 months;
    • man who has sex with both men and women; or
    • heterosexual man or woman who does not regularly use condoms during sex with partners of unknown HIV status who are at substantial risk of HIV infection (e.g., people who inject drugs or women who have bisexual male partners).

How it works;

When taken every day, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by more than 90%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently. PrEP can be even more effective if it is combined with other ways to prevent new HIV infections like condom use, drug abuse treatment, and treatment for people living with HIV to reduce the chance of passing the virus to others.