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

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Minors will no longer need parental consent to obtain HIV prevention medication, commonly referred to as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and sold under the brand name Truvada. Russell Blair,, "8 new Connecticut laws that begin July 1," 1 July 2019 That treatment program called PrEP — or pre-exposure prophylaxis — involves getting high-risk people on medication before they are infected. James Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Taking the HIV medication PrEP is 90% effective. A new drive aims to get more gay black Milwaukee men on it.," 20 June 2019 There is an effective medication that will prevent someone who is at risk of HIV from getting it, called pre-exposure prophylaxis -- or PrEP., "Spike in Multnomah County HIV cases tied to drug use," 20 June 2019 Among them is pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a course of drugs proven to reduce a person's chances of contracting HIV. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Scientist Wants to Use CRISPR to Genetically Edit Infants," 12 June 2019 This includes access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "What These 4 Young People Want You to Know About HIV," 10 Apr. 2019 There is a pill called HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) which, when taken daily, can reduce your risk of acquiring HIV by more than 90 percent; but PrEP doesn’t protect against other STIs. SELF, "Here's Why Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates Are So High, According to STI Experts," 8 Jan. 2019 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

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2005, in the meaning defined above

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