If you are an HIV-negative man who has sex with other men, I hope that you have already heard about pre-exposure prophylaxis!
I know that’s more of a mouthful than a donkey dick but don’t worry, you can just call it PrEP, for short.
PrEP is basically an antiretroviral (ARV) that an HIV-negative person can take every day to make sure that the virus gets its ass kicked if it some how got into your body.
If you are HIV-negative and on PrEP daily and HIV SOMEHOW manages to get into your body (like via your ass perhaps?) then the chances are more than 90% sure that the virus will not be able to spread. You will remain HIV-negative and all you did was pop a blue pill every day after you brushed your teeth.
PrEP used together with condoms and a feelgood water-based lube will make you almost indestructible boy!
According to the guidelines drawn up by the South Africa Department seven consecutive days of PrEP are needed before achieving full protection from HIV infection. “Thereafter people need to take the pill once a day in order to maintain protection. It should be continued for 28 days after the last potential HIV exposure in those wanting to come off the pill.”
Around the world, the successful use of PrEP by people in the men who have sex with men community has been such that now the government wants to rollout even more PrEP to be rolled out across the country by around September 2020.
PrEP works a lot like a decent pair of denim jeans. You don’t have to be a label queen!
The generic brands of PrEP that are available are MUCH cheaper at the pharmacy and they work just as well, so don’t be afraid to ask your doctor or pharmacist about generic options if you are paying for your PrEP out of pocket.
Stay in touch with your local sexual health clinic and learn more about where PrEP may be available in your community and what can be done to get your hands on it.
The Little Poof is a contributing writer for Anova Health Institute. These are his views, which may or may not reflect those of Anova and its affiliates.