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Staying HIV Negative

Staying HIV Negative

A number of tools -- beyond abstinence, condoms and hope -- are now available to help HIV-negative guys stay that way -- including a once-daily HIV-blocking pill. This method is known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.

The burning question for many guys is: "If I'm on PrEP, do I really need to use condoms?" There's lots to consider there, including rates of other STIs [sexually transmitted infections] such as syphilis and gonorrhea. PrEP does not prevent transmission of any STIs except HIV.

From videos and cartoons, to posters and online communities, tons of useful information is available about PrEP. And remember: "PrEP protects you from a thing -- an adaptive little virus called HIV. It should not be framed as something that protects you from HIV-positive people. It protects you from a what, not a who."

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