What Is Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)?

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, commonly referred to as PrEP, is a preventive measure for individuals without HIV. When used correctly, PrEP proves to be highly effective in thwarting HIV transmission, reducing the risk of infection from sexual activity by more than 90%.

If you believe you may need to initiate PrEP, it is advisable to consult with our medical professionals promptly. Anteh Dispensary provides Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in Singapore, ensuring patient privacy and confidentiality throughout discussions, tests, and treatments.

Role of PrEP in HIV Prevention

To effectively prevent HIV, the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is crucial. This involves the daily intake of a medication, typically Truvada, known for its high effectiveness in reducing the risk of HIV infection, especially in individuals at high risk, such as those with HIV-positive partners or engaging in unprotected sexual activities.

PrEP operates by fortifying the body’s defences against the virus, preventing the establishment of an infection. Regular and proper use of PrEP significantly decreases the risk of acquiring HIV. This positions it as a vital line of defence in the global initiative to curb the spread of the virus, particularly among vulnerable groups.

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PrEP is an effective tool for protecting your health, and we’re committed to making these life-saving medicine easily accessible. Contact our Anteh Dispensary team and we will guide you on your journey. Call Now!

Tests before PrEP

According to the guidelines, you have to perform some of the following testing:

Time Tests Required
First Visit Baseline HIV test, creatinine clearance, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, Hepatitis B/C screening
3 Months HIV test, creatinine clearance
6 Months HIV test, creatinine clearance, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis

The Ministry of Health in Singapore has authorized Anteh Dispensary to do HIV testing. We provide PrEP, PEP, and HIV testing. For every conversation, test, and treatment, we guarantee patient privacy and confidentiality. Consult with our doctors now!

When Should One Take PrEP?

When considering the use of PrEP, it is recommended for individuals with an exceptionally high risk of HIV infection. This includes:

  1. Individuals with an HIV-positive spouse in a continuing relationship.
  2. Those without a mutually monogamous partner, specifically:
  • Men who are gay or bisexual and engage in anal intercourse without condoms or have received an STD diagnosis in the last six months.
  • Heterosexual individuals who do not consistently use condoms when having sex with high-risk partners (such as male bisexuals, intravenous drug users, etc.).

What are the Side Effects of PrEP?

As for the potential side effects of PrEP, the majority of users do not experience any adverse effects. Some individuals may encounter mild side effects, typically resolving within the first month. These may include:

  • Nausea
  • Appetite Loss
  • Headaches

Benefits of Using PrEP

  • High Success Rate: When taken consistently, PrEP medications have a high success rate in preventing HIV infections.
  • Prevention of Transmission: PrEP can prevent the spread of HIV to both the individual taking it and their partner.
  • Convenience: PrEP is a convenient option, requiring only a single daily pill.
  • Suitability for Serodiscordant Couples: It is a viable option for couples where only one partner has HIV, particularly when attempting to conceive.