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Question

What meds can I use to protect myself for HIV?

Good day. I am From South Africa. I just  found out that my partner got HIV positive but am HIV negative without hurting her feelings how can I get this medication for my own use to protect myself from getting infected.

Answer

Hi there

Thanks for your email – and for talking about your situations.

First, how is your partner feeling now? This might be a difficult time for both of you :)

The medicine you can use now to protect yourself is called PrEP.  This involves just taking one pill a day.

Here is a link to a site in SA with more info:
https://www.prepwatch.org/country/south-africa

This is a link about PrEP that we produce for the UK which has other general info:
https://i-base.info/guides/prep

Your partner should also be offered treatment by here doctor. South Africa has a good programme of access to fee HIV treatment (called ART). This means your partner will be able to stay healthy and have a normal life.

Someone on HIV treatment with undetectable viral load, this will also protect you too. See here for more information on this:
https://i-base.info/u-equals-u-qa

4 comments

  1. Roy Trevelion

    Hi Celebrity,

    Thanks very much for your comment.

  2. Celebrity

    VERY GOOD

  3. Roy Trevelion

    Hi Justin,

    Thanks for this comment.

  4. Justin

    Very important info for a lot of youths out here

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