pre-exposure prophylaxis

noun
|Updated on: 3 Jul 2018

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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2005

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