pre-exposure prophylaxis

noun

Definition of pre-exposure prophylaxis 

: a preventive treatment for HIV infection in which antiretroviral drugs are taken by an uninfected person who is at a high risk of contracting HIV In some quarters, the idea that healthy gay men should take a medication to prevent infection—an approach called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP—has met with hostility or indifference. —David Tuller abbreviation PrEP

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Most insurers cover the pill, also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Washington Post, "Out-Of-Pocket Costs Put HIV Prevention Drug Out Of Reach For Many At Risk," 11 July 2018 PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, involves taking a daily pill to prevent HIV transmission. Tim Fitzsimons /, NBC News, "With TV ads, drugmaker Gilead brings HIV prevention drug out of the closet," 30 May 2018 One option your physician may discuss with you is pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which is a daily pill that can greatly reduce your risk of HIV infection, and may be appropriate for some patients. Nathan Levitt, SELF, "6 Things Every Transgender Person Should Know About Going to the Doctor," 11 June 2018 Use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP—daily antiretroviral pills taken by uninfected people—during the study years jumped from 2% of the HIV-negative participants to 24%. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "A pill that protects people from HIV may also lead to more sex without condoms," 6 June 2018 Grindr also encourages the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, a daily pill that protects against the virus. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "Grindr, Popular Gay Sex App, to Offer H.I.V. Test Reminders," 26 Mar. 2018 There is PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis, which can prevent HIV and AIDS in those who have engaged in high-risk behaviors. NBC News, "On Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, activists say fight is not over," 7 Feb. 2018 People are living longer, productive lives with HIV, and new medications like pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) have been shown to prevent the spread entirely. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "HIV, syphilis cluster affecting at least 125 people discovered in Milwaukee," 6 Mar. 2018 First approved in 2012 a medication called PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis, has been marketed to patients who are at substantial risk of HIV infection. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Symposium to discuss HIV epidemic, prevention efforts in Louisiana this weekend," 28 Feb. 2018

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2005, in the meaning defined above

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