[PODCAST] #MyPrEP – UNDERSTANDING ART’S AND PEP

It is the second week on #MyPrEP with Matt Tsolo every Thursday from 4pm.

Last week Matt spoke to Dr Moyo about the HIV and AIDS 101, listen to it here.

As a build up from that week, this time around he was joined on the line by Dr Oscar Radebe who has about 10 years of experience in the HIV and AIDS field.

They spoke about the difference between ARTs (ARVs) and PEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis and methods one can use to prevent themselves from contracting or passing on HIV.

Speaking about the use of ARTs, Dr Radebe said that adherence is important.

Here are ALL the ways that can be used as HIV prevention methods: Source – HIV Gov.

Use condoms. Condoms are highly effective at preventing HIV infection if you use them the right way every time you have sex.

Reduce your number of sexual partners.This can lower your chances of having a partner who could transmit HIV to you.

Talk to your doctor about PrEP.Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is daily medication that can reduce your chance of getting HIV. (Matt is speaking about it in the next episode).

Take PEP within 72 hours after a possible HIV exposurePost-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) means taking HIV medication after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected.

Get tested and treated for other STDsand encourage your partners to do the same. If you are sexually active, get tested at least once a year.

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Matshidiso Tsolo.

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