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Fact Sheet

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

2013

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for an HIV-negative person who is at risk of HIV infection to reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV. It involves taking anti-HIV drugs on a regular basis. PrEP provides only partial protection from HIV infection and is not intended to replace consistent condom use, new needles or other ways of preventing HIV. PrEP has not been approved by Health Canada; however, one type of PrEP (daily oral Truvada pills) has been approved in the United States. This form of PrEP may be available in Canada from doctors who are willing to prescribe it "off-label." Truvada as PrEP is much less effective at reducing the risk of

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