The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Wednesday that people who belong to HIV high-risk groups should take medications that can protect them against the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
This treatment method is called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, and it has to be done consistently. It has been tested and proven to lower the HIV infection rates by as much as ninety percent.
According to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, HIV is preventable, but we still see and hear about tens of thousands of people contracting it in the United States alone every year. He said with the implementation of PrEP, as well as other prevention techniques, high-risk individuals can steer clear of the virus and keep themselves safe.
The high-risk group includes the following:
- People who are in an ongoing relationship with someone who has been tested positive for HIV
- People who have been diagnosed with STDs within the past months
- Those who had sex without using a condom
- Those who use injections for their drug addiction
For more information about PrEP, everyone is encouraged to get in touch with their local health centers.
To test for HIV in a fast and hassle-free manner, use a rapid HIV test kit by STD Rapid Test Kits.