“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. The word “prophylaxis” means to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease. When you take PrEP consistently (one pill a day) and get exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, the medicine in PrEP works to keep the virus from taking hold in your body. The only medicine that is currently approved for PrEP is a small blue pill sold under the brand name Truvada®.
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