Pre-exposure Prophylaxis

Francisco  J. Velazquez, M.D. -  - Internal Medicine

Velazquez Medical Practice

Francisco J. Velazquez, M.D.

Internal Medicine located in Bellaire, TX

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the latest FDA-approved therapy for preventing men and women alike from contracting HIV. With once-a-day dosing, Dr. Francisco Velazquez can help even high-risk patients in Houston avoid the virus and still enjoy intimacy. Whether you think you're at high-risk for HIV or you simply want to be safe, call or click today to schedule an appointment at Velazquez Medical Practice.

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Q &A

What is PrEP?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a medical treatment program in which people at high risk for HIV take anti-HIV medications every day to reduce their chances of getting the disease. PrEP is exceptionally effective at saving lives by stopping HIV before it takes over the body.

Even though doctors have been using PrEP since 2012, many people are still unaware of its use and benefits. The FDA has deemed PrEP a completely safe and effective way to reduce the risk of spreading HIV.

Should I take PrEP?

You should consider taking PrEP if you don’t already have HIV but are at very high risk of getting it.

PrEP reduces the risk of HIV transmission from sex or the use of needles to inject drugs. Federal guidelines recommend PrEP to anyone who is currently HIV-negative but in an ongoing sexual relationship with an HIV-positive partner.

Anyone who’s injected drugs with a needle within the past six months should also take PrEP.

You should also use PrEP if you have an open relationship or are otherwise not in a monogamous sexual relationship with one partner who has recently tested negative for HIV and are:

  • A gay or bisexual man who’s had anal sex without a condom in the past six months
  • A gay or bisexual man who received an STD diagnosis in the past six months
  • A heterosexual man or woman who’s had sex with multiple partners of unknown HIV status in the past six months

Is PrEP safe?

PrEP is a safe method for reducing your risk of getting HIV. Some people do experience mild side effects from the medicine, including nausea. However, the side effects aren’t severe and fade away over time.

How does PrEP work?

PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV in people with high-risk factors such as having unprotected sex and sharing needles. By taking anti-HIV medicine before getting HIV, high-risk groups can prevent the disease by over 90% in cases of unprotected sex and 70% in cases of needle use.

What was once a crippling illness now has a promising means of prevention, but don't forget to further reduce your risk by using a condom. If you’re thinking about taking PrEP or have any questions about your risk status, call Dr. Velazquez today or book an appointment online.

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