Dr Hilda Ganesen

Female Family Physician

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At its 75th meeting on 27-28 November 2015, South Africa’s Medicines Control Council (MCC) approved the use of the fixed-dose combination of tenofovir disoproxyl fumarate and emtricitabine to include pre-exposure prophylaxis of HIV (also referred to as PrEP).

WHAT IS PrEP? It is a drug taken daily by people who are are high risk of acquiring the HIV infection.

Interesting facts about PrEP:
1. It is not a cure for HIV.
2. It does not prevent STD's
3. It does not prevent pregnancy
4. It is not a morning after pill ie: take it the day after risky behavior to prevent HIV infection
5. It must be taken daily for effective protection
6. It is not a vaccine against HIV
7. You can only take PrEP if you are HIV negative.
8. PrEP can only be prescribed by a medical doctor following the relevant tests.


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