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What Happens If I Drink Or Take Drugs?

Does Alcohol or Drugs Stop Truvada From Working? Am I able to take PrEP if I’m drinking alcohol or taking recreational drugs? We know that the drugs within Truvada are unlikely to interact with alcohol or recreational drugs. What’s important to note is, if you are more likely to have unprotected sex when you are […]

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Will PrEP Work If I Have An STI?

Do STD’s Block PrEP From Working? Does the presence of a sexually-transmitted infection mean that PrEP will no longer be effective? This is shown not to be true. PrEP will work rather or not you have other infections in your body. The mechanism of PrEP is not affected if you have, say, an ongoing infection […]

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Do I Need PrEP If I’m A Top?

Should I Take PrEP If I’m A Top? If I’m a top, does that mean I don’t need PrEP? What I can tell you is that HIV is still able to be transmitted to people who are tops in anal sex. That is the insertive partner. Men who have foreskins are at significantly higher risk […]

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How Does PrEP Block HIV?

How does PrEP work? When HIV infects a cell, it has an ability to take over some of the mechanisms within the cell and start creating copies of itself. When PrEP is taken on a daily basis, this ability is actually halted. It’s the equivalent of putting in a faulty cartridge into the photocopier. So, […]

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Do I Still Need Condoms With PrEP

Do you need to continue using condoms when you’re using PrEP? PrEP protects against HIV, however, it does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections. Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Herpes- these can all still be transmitted while you’re on PrEP. What we know is the use of condoms can reduce the chance of transmission of these. […]

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Does PrEP Protect Against STD’s

Does PrEP protect against other sexually transmitted infections? The answer is no. PrEP only protects against HIV. For this reason, when you come in every three months, we do a full sexual health screening. This includes checking for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in the throat, bum, penis or cervix. We also do a blood test where […]

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What Is PrEP

What Is Pre Exposure Prophylaxis, Truvada? What is Prep? Prep is a tablet that when taken every day can help reduce the chances of HIV infection by up to 99%. It’s a tablet that’s called Truvada which contains two drugs – Emtricitabine as well as Tenofovir and when taken on a regular basis, this can […]

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How Does PrEP Work?

What drugs are actually in PrEP? PrEP or Truvada is a combination of two drugs, emtricitabine and tenofovir. Both of these drugs work in a way that blocks the ability for HIV to replicate within the cell. The way that they work is it’s almost like putting in a broken cartridge into a photocopier, and […]

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