Prevention Is Better than Cure — PrEP Pills for HIV Prevention

Did you know that millions have died from HIV all around the world?

The Dangers of HIV

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The Human Immunodeficiency Virus or commonly known as HIV has claimed many lives since it started in 1959. Recent statistics have shown that about 40.4 million people have died from the virus. Further studies have revealed that HIV can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) if not given the proper treatment. However, there has never been a cure for the said virus. Hence, our main concern now is to prevent ourselves from getting the virus within us.

PrEP Pills to the Rescue

Condoms during sexual intercourse or HIV tests before any sexual interactions have been done to prevent widespread HIV transmission among humans. However, these preventions were never enough and have been proven to not lessen HIV transmission among us since most people never use these preventive measures due to personal intimacy reasons and inconvenience. 

However, a recent preventive measure has ensured a higher rate of effectiveness that guarantees peak intimacy and convenience.

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On July 16, 2012, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or commonly known as PrEp. This medication is a type of pill taken to prevent acquiring HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention commonly known as CDC revealed that the pill to be highly effective as a preventive measure for HIV if it is taken as prescribed.

The pill’s effect are as follows:

  • PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sexual intercourse by about 99%.
  • PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from injection drug use by at least 74%.
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— However, it is important to remember that although PrEP ensures a higher probability of HIV prevention, HIV tests and the usage of condoms are still advisable for much safer sexual intercourse thereby preventing oneself from acquiring HIV. For Filipinos who wish to be prescribed, PrEP pills are currently available in Manila, Philippines.

Want to know more about HIV? Then head to LoveYourself HIV Testing Center and get tested! For further inquiries, please contact the testing center with the details provided below:

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Exact Location: Old Coffee Prince Beside Suarez and Sons Across CDU Hospital, Osmeña Blvd, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu

  • By Car: Navigate via Waze or Google Maps and pin the location “LoveYourself Cebu”.
  • By Commute: Coming from Ayala Terraces Terminal, ride 14D and ask the conductor or driver to drop you off at Cebu Doctors University Hospital. After alighting, ask locals or security guards within the area about the place. The center is just right across Cebu Gospel Church.

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