HIV prevention has made great strides, and today, we have powerful tools to help reduce the risk of transmission. 

One of the most effective methods is Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP. This medication, when taken correctly, can significantly lower the chances of contracting HIV.

This blog post will explain PrEP, how it works, and why it’s essential to HIV prevention. 

 What is PrEP?

PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is a game-changer in the fight against HIV. It’s a medication taken by people at risk of contracting the virus to prevent infection. 

When taken consistently, PrEP is highly effective in reducing the risk of acquiring HIV through sex or injection drug use.

It’s important to note that PrEP is not a substitute for other preventive measures like condoms but rather an additional layer of protection.

How PrEP Works?

PrEP works by using antiretroviral medications to block HIV from replicating in your body. These medications, typically in a daily pill form, build up in your bloodstream and tissues. 

If you’re exposed to HIV through sexual contact or injection drug use, the medication is already present to prevent the virus from taking hold and spreading. By blocking the virus from establishing a permanent infection in the body, PrEP acts as a barrier against HIV transmission.

To be effective, PrEP must be taken as prescribed. Skipping doses can reduce its effectiveness. 

When used correctly, PrEP can lower the risk of getting HIV by up to 99% from sexual activity and at least 74% among people who inject drugs. 

PrEP is an important tool in HIV prevention, offering peace of mind and protection for those at higher risk. This proactive approach empowers you to take control of your sexual health and reduce your vulnerability to acquiring the virus.

Who Should Take PrEP?

PrEP is recommended for individuals who are at high risk of HIV infection. This includes:

  • People with an HIV-positive partner. If you have a sexual partner who is living with HIV, taking PrEP can significantly reduce your risk of transmission.

 

  • Individuals with multiple sexual partners. If you have multiple sexual partners, PrEP can provide an extra layer of protection.

 

  • Men who have sex with men. This group has a higher risk of HIV, and PrEP is highly effective in reducing this risk.

 

  • People who inject drugs. Sharing needles or other equipment (works) can transmit HIV, so PrEP can help protect individuals who inject drugs.

 

  • Sex workers. Those who engage in sex work may benefit from PrEP due to increased exposure risk.

 

  • Anyone with a recent sexually transmitted infection (STI). Having an STI can increase your risk of acquiring HIV, so PrEP is a good preventive measure.

PrEP for HIV-negative Individuals in Fort Myers, FL

The McGregor Clinic offers comprehensive PrEP services for HIV prevention in Fort Myers.

Our prevention and outreach services include initial and ongoing testing, prescription management, and regular follow-up appointments every three months.

We offer PrEP in a pill form (Truvada® and Descovy®).

Additionally, we provide community education, financial assistance options, and telehealth services to make PrEP accessible to those who need it.
Contact us today at 239.334.9555 to learn if PrEP is right for you.