Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) involves putting HIV negative people on antiretroviral drugs (ARV) with the aim of protecting them from HIV infection. This blog looks at some of the pros and cons of PrEP.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Why PrEP When Condoms and PEP Would do the Job Better?

I'm still a little puzzled as to why PrEP is considered to be such a great idea, except by the pharmaceutical industry, of course. PrEP is nowhere near effective enough for people to depend on it; they will need to use condoms as well. So why go to such effort and expense? The chances of a condom bursting are very small and if it happens, people can use post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

The difference in cost is obvious. PEP would also reduce the likelihood of resistance developing and remove the need for long term adherence. And the side-effects which the pharmaceutical industry don't like to allude to, especially the long term side-effects, will be irrelevant except for the duration of treatment.

[For more about HIV and risk, see my other blog, HIVinKenya]


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