You see, the government has come up with a new measure to help the youth take charge of their health. This is what The Ministry of Health in Kenya has now included PrEP as part of a combination of strategies to reduce new HIV infections in Kenya. PrEP means Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through s3x or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection.
When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.
PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with c0nd0ms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months.
Now guys, this pill is not like some wonder drug and it will call for your personal discipline when using it. When you know that your life is no longer in the line of riskiness to exposure, you may stop using the pill. Otherwise, once you start the pill, you must be consistent in taking it because you need to swallow it for at least three weeks before it becomes effective, and still continue swallowing it daily.
Over to you guys! Pay a visit to your nearest health facility, and learn as much as you can about how to live healthy if you are HIV positive, and how to stay negative if you are HIV negative. Go for it!