How Does PrEP Block HIV?
How does PrEP work?
When HIV infects a T cell, it has an ability to take over the replication mechanisms within 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. The ability for HIV to replicate is halted.
From there the defective HIV ‘copy’ becomes stuck within the cell and is not able to escape.
At this point when the cell dies the HIV dies with it. Our healthy immune system can remove the cell along with the HIV which is trapped inside.