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Who's Looking Into PrEP for Women?

A Conversation About the Ins and Outs of HIV Prevention Drugs for Women, With Longtime HIV Nurse Practitioner and Research Clinician Valery Hughes

    Valery Hughes, R.N., M.S., FNP-BC
    Valery Hughes, R.N., M.S., FNP-BC
    "The consequence of getting pregnant is very, very different than the consequence of getting a disease. ... However, if it's something that you have to take every day -- and women have proven that that can happen -- then I think we need to look at the comparisons in a positive way."
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    "There's always the question of, when you put people on PrEP, do they throw away the latex, or do they continue to use it, or ... what's going on here?"
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    "Another really big challenge is the lack of connection to the issues of HIV and sexual health, in general. When you're talking about HIV-negative women, there are a lot of women who don't even know what their risk is for HIV, basically because in the United States sex is still such a taboo subject."
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    "I'm hoping, in my sort of non-statistical way, that PrEP can decrease the overall number of people with HIV over time. ... My hope is that I'll turn around in a few years and I'll say, 'Oh, my goodness. What happened?' ... I'm thinking that that's probably going to be my response -- that I'm going to be a little bit surprised because I didn't see it. I was right in there with the trees; I didn't notice the whole forest was actually coming down."
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    Olivia G. Ford

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    Olivia Ford is a contributing editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.