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Health Information For Teens
PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It is when someone takes medicines every day to lower his or her chances of getting HIV.
Only people at very high risk for getting HIV should take PrEP, such as:
PrEP prevents HIV transmission most — but not all — of the time. Besides taking the PrEP medicine every day, using a condom every time and for every form of sex (vaginal, oral, anal) can give even more protection from getting HIV.
No, PrEP does not protect people from getting other STDs. So, someone taking PrEP needs to use a condom every time and for every form of sex (vaginal, oral, anal) to lower the risk of getting other STDs.
A health care provider prescribes PrEP. The medicines must be taken every day to work. An HIV test is done when someone starts PrEP and every 3 months after that.
There is no cure for AIDS, which is why prevention is so important. Get the facts on HIV/AIDS, as well as how it affects the body and is treated, in this article.
Often the only way to know if someone is infected with HIV is through testing. Here are the facts on what’s involved in getting tested â and who should get tested for HIV and why.
People who have HIV might feel alone and frightened at times. More than anyone, they need good friends like you to lean on and trust.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Condoms may be a good birth control option for couples who are responsible enough to use one each time and people who want protection against STDs.
AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, is a disease where the body is unable to fight off many infectious diseases as it normally could. Find out how AIDS is spread and how to protect yourself against it.
You’ve probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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