pre-exposure prophylaxis

variants: or less commonly preexposure prophylaxis

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

Examples of pre-exposure prophylaxis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2012, the FDA approved the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for adults at high risk of infection -- one of the most significant milestones of the epidemic. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 5 June 2021 There also was a 21% national decline in prescriptions for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Mike Stobbe, Star Tribune, 4 June 2021 There also was a 21% national decline in prescriptions for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Mike Stobbe,, 4 June 2021 There are also medicines that people at high risk of contracting HIV can take to prevent infection, called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Karen Pallarito,, 19 May 2021 No vaccine was ever invented for HIV, but high-risk individuals can still protect themselves from infection through a regimen known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Boulware allows that the right dose might still prevent the disease if administered before exposure—pre-exposure prophylaxis, for people who haven’t been around anyone who’s infected with Covid-19, but who might be later. Adam Rogers, Wired, 3 June 2020 PrEP is a daily pre-exposure prophylaxis medicine that, if taken consistently, helps protect against HIV infection. Mariette Williams, Essence, 1 Dec. 2020 There are other strategies that can also reduce HIV transmission risk, like condom use and taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), two medications that lower your risk of contracting the virus. Mathew Rodriguez, SELF, 1 Dec. 2020

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2005, in the meaning defined above

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“Pre-exposure prophylaxis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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