Preventing HIV in four easy steps
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- PrEP (brand name Truvada)
- Step one: Knowledge
- The most important thing to remember is that HIV is no longer the deadly disease it once was. Now of course if left untreated HIV can have devastating effects upon the body. But if you’re smart, careful and conscious of the risks then you will be fine.
- Step two: Always, always, always use a condom or dental dam and never share needles
- Now I know you’ve probably heard this a million times, and there’s a reason for that, Condoms and Dental Dams work. 99% of all transmissions of HIV come from either unprotected sex or the sharing of needles
- Do note that lambskin Condoms are NOT effective at preventing the transmission of HIV. Only latex condoms are proven effective at preventing HIV transmission.
- Step three: Protecting yourself with medication
- If you are in exceptional danger of contracting HIV, whether by being in a long-term relationship with an HIV+ person or through some other means talk to your doctor about PrEP
- PrEP is short for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis. Which is pharmaceutical speech for it’ll stop HIV from transmitting to you.
- PrEP is highly effective in preventing the transmission of HIV ONLY when taken consistently and as prescribed.
- Step four: What to do if all else fails?
- Firstly, do not panic, if you suspect you have been exposed to HIV within 72 hours go to the emergency room and ask about PEP
- PEP stands for Post-exposure Prophylaxis and it has been shown to be highly effective at stopping HIV from taking hold within the body as long as the medication is started within 72 hours of exposure and continuously taken.
While this was a bit of a silly format for such a serious topic. Preventing HIV really is as easy as making a pie or cake. It is no longer the death sentence it once was. If you take all of the precautions you can there is a negligible risk of transmission.
The symptoms of HIV are hard to distinguish from those of the Flu. The symptoms include night sweats, fever, muscle aches, rashes, sore throat, and general fatigue. As well as being very similar to Flu symptoms HIV symptoms do not always manifest in everyone.
If you are worried that you have contracted HIV all STD clinics have a quick test that detects HIV in as little as a minute.
Most importantly if you even suspect that you have been exposed to HIV within the past 72 hours go to the emergency room and ask about PEP do not wait.
Never use a needle that was previously used by someone I don’t care if it was your uncle Jacob’s insulin needle DON’T DO IT.