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What is PrEP?

All about PrEP

What it is, what it does to your body and how to take it safely and effectively.


What is PrEP?

PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP helps to prevent you from contracting HIV.

 

People using PrEP need to take one pill every day, at the same time each day. This ensures the medication is always in their blood stream at good levels. The original brand name PrEP medication is also available in other, much cheaper generic versions and contains 100% identical formulas (tested by clinics) making PrEP accessible to more people unable to access the original brand name PrEP medication (which we legally cannot mention).

 

The generic versions of the original brand name PrEP medication provided through PrEPerly are FDA approved. You can see their documentation here.  https://www.fda.gov/InternationalPrograms/PEPFAR/ucm119231.htm

 

Being on PrEP does not prevent you from contracting any other sexually transmitted infections. You need to get checked out regularly for other STI’s.

“Real” PrEP medication & Generic PrEP medication

The original brand name PrEP medication is a drug that is used in both the treatment of HIV and in PrEP to prevent HIV infections. It’s a combination of two drugs: emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate.

 

Generic drug companies test their products rigorously to ensure the drugs they are producing are ‘bio-equivalent’ to the brand name version. This means, that while the shape or colour of the generic pills may be different, they have the same chemical formulation and the same level of effectiveness as the brand name version. A 2018 UK study presented to the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow) concluded that 13 different generic samples of PrEP contained the correct amounts of emtricitabine and tenofovir, giving confidence to people buying generic PrEP online.

“Real” PrEP medication & Generic PrEP medication

PrEP is a drug that is used in both the treatment of HIV and in PrEP to prevent HIV infections. The original brand name PrEP medication (and its generic versions)  are a combination of two drugs: emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate.

 

Generic drug companies test their products rigorously to ensure the drugs they are producing are ‘bio-equivalent’ to the brand name version. This means, that while the shape or colour of the generic pills may be different, they have the same chemical formulation and the same level of effectiveness as the brand name version. A 2018 UK study presented to the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow) concluded that 13 different generic samples of PrEP contained the correct amounts of emtricitabine and tenofovir, giving confidence to people buying generic PrEP online.

Is PrEP safe and legal?

PrEP has been shown to be very safe when taken as directed.

 

A study published in the Oxford Journal showed PrEP to be just as safe as Aspirin.

 

And, another study from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco showed *zero* HIV infections among 600 men who were on PrEP for 2 ½ years.

It is perfectly legal in the UK to purchase PrEP online for your personal use.

PrEP side effects

There are three possible side effects of PrEP: headache, dizziness and nausea.

 

However, these side effects usually subside in about a week or so.

 

Studies have shown that PrEP can have adverse effects in a small number of people on the kidneys and bones. So, it is a good idea to discuss the risks with your GP and to take regular kidney function tests.

 

The vast majority of people on PrEP can tolerate it without any issues. If you think you’re experiencing side effects or have questions about drug interactions (prescription or otherwise) please visit your GP.

PrEP side effects

There are three possible side effects of PrEP: headache, dizziness and nausea.

 

However, these side effects usually subside in about a week or so.

 

Studies have shown that PrEP can have adverse effects in a small number of people on the kidneys and bones. So, it is a good idea to discuss the risks with your GP and to take regular kidney function tests.

 

The vast majority of people on PrEP can tolerate it without any issues. If you think you’re experiencing side effects or have questions about drug interactions (prescription or otherwise) please visit your GP.

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