Healthcare workers should start offering an HIV prevention pill to people who are at substantial risk for contracting HIV, U.S. health officials recommended Wednesday, May 14.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Public Health Service do have set guidelines. The individual would take an antiretroviral drug once a day, called Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. This would lower their chances of getting HIV. The CDC recommends that PrEP should be taken by people who don’t have HIV.
When tested, the risk of contracting the virus was 92% lower for those who took the pill consistently.