pre-exposure prophylaxis

noun
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 the absence of an HIV vaccine, today the primary tool to stop transmission is known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Michele Cohen Marill, Wired, "The Dangers of Excluding Women From HIV Prevention Drug Tests," 10 June 2020 PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, pills are highly effective in blocking HIV if taken daily. Michele Cohen Marill, Wired, "The Dangers of Excluding Women From HIV Prevention Drug Tests," 10 June 2020 Belmont is the principal investigator of NYU Langone Health's ongoing trial of hydroxychloroquine for pre-exposure prophylaxis. NBC News, "Hydroxychloroquine is not dead yet," 26 Mar. 2020 The groundbreaking development of a daily preventative pill -- pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP -- has since led to hundreds of thousands of people at risk of contracting HIV being protected from the disease. Rob Picheta, CNN, "What happens if a coronavirus vaccine is never developed? It has happened before," 3 May 2020 The letter said that men in monogamous relationships with other men and those who take drugs to prevent H.I.V. through pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, were relatively low-risk donors. Mihir Zaveri, New York Times, "Doctors Press F.D.A. to Let More Gay Men Donate Blood," 16 Apr. 2020 Ben-Achour, who is gay and HIV-negative, daily takes a Truvada pill, also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, to protect himself against HIV infection. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Doctors can't use COVID-19 antibodies from gay men or anyone taking PrEP," 1 Apr. 2020 The Department of Health and Human Services is suing Gilead Sciences over the patent rights to Truvada, Gilead’s HIV prevention drug better known as PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "U.S. sues Gilead, claiming it owns HIV PrEP patent," 7 Nov. 2019 Tenofovir is a family of drugs that comprises the backbone of Gilead’s multibillion-dollar suite of HIV treatment and prevention medicines, such as Stribild, Biktarvy and Truvada, which is commonly known as PrEP — or HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. NBC News, "NYC comptroller aims to 'clawback' pay of HIV pharma executives," 15 Nov. 2019

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2005, in the meaning defined above

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“Pre-exposure prophylaxis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pre-exposure%20prophylaxis. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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