PrEP is a great idea for people who are HIV negative and have sex in a variety of situations where condoms are not easily or always used.
PrEP puts you in control
PrEP can have huge emotional and psychological benefits for HIV negative people who, for whatever reason, might be struggling to maintain their HIV negative status.
We know it’s not always easy. And that’s ok. PrEP offers another option. It offers empowerment and control, particularly for receptive partners.
PrEP protects everyone
Using PrEP protects you and all of your HIV negative partners.
We know that people who are the most likely to pass on HIV:
- usually believe they’re HIV negative
- because of that, they haven’t had an HIV test in a while
- have likely picked up the virus recently, so their viral load is very high.
People already living with HIV, who have been on treatment for 6 months, who take their medication as prescribed and have an undetectable viral load cannot pass on the virus during sex – even without condoms. The PARTNER study (among other studies) recorded 58,000 condomless penetrative sex acts between 888 couples and no infections occurred. We can say with utter confidence that “undetectable = untransmittable”. We sometimes call this Treatment as Prevention or TasP.
Being on PrEP means that you do not have to worry about the status of your partner(s), since you are protecting yourself.