Do I have to take PrEP all the time?

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) must be taken consistently, every day, to give the best protection against HIV. Some people wonder if they can take PrEP for a few days or weeks, stop for awhile, and then start again. This is sometimes called “intermittent” PrEP. Research shows that PrEP’s effectiveness declines greatly if it is not taken consistently, so intermittent use is NOT recommended.

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HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, slowly destroys the body’s immune system and causes AIDS if not treated. It can be spread through unprotected sex and sexual contact, contaminated blood transfusions, contaminated needles and ...

syringes, and through breastfeeding or transferred at birth from a mother to her child.

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