There are around 1.5 million people living with HIV in Kenya, around 400 000 of whom are unaware that they have the virus.
PrEP means Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and it’s the use of anti-HIV medications to keep HIV negative people from becoming infected.
— WHO (@WHO) November 30, 2017
Here is everything you need to know about the pill on this World Aids Day!
- The pill is taken daily by people who are HIV negative to protect them from HIV infection.
- Before deciding on whether you need this pill, one needs to first confirm that they are HIV negative and then proceed with buying of the pill which will act as ‘the morning after pill’ but in this case it will play the role of protecting you from getting HIV.
- If you are HIV positive then PrEP is not for you. What you need to do is stick to your medicine (ARV’s) which will be helpful in keeping you healthy and strong.
- It takes about 1 week (after starting your 1 pill per day) for the PrEP to reach maximum levels your system and give you full protection.
- Before starting PrEP, your doctor will also check you for STIs and check your kidneys to make sure they’re healthy enough for the drug.
- The pill may have side effects. These issues can include nausea, vomiting, and upset stomach — relatively mild side effects.
- If you’re not in a mutually monogamous relationship, doctors still strongly urge patients to wear condoms in addition to taking PrEP, to avoid STIs.
There are about 36,7 million people in the world living with HIV, 7 million in South Africa.
The world would be a better place if the stigma ends.
— Karabo Mokgoko 🦄 (@Karabo_Mokgoko) December 1, 2017