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The role TasP plays in the expanded HIV prevention.

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With advances in HIV biomedical prevention, there are new methods available to choose from – commonly referred to as an expanded HIV prevention toolkit. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the one pill once a day antiretroviral method taken by a person prior to exposure to HIV, is receiving the spot light in the news and public health conversations. And for good reason: this method is both highly effective and provides a user-controlled method that does not have to be negotiated with partners, unlike female and male condoms.  However, there is another antiretroviral-based prevention method that is even more effective: treatment as prevention or TasP. When a person living with HIV takes their medication as prescribed, the amount of HIV virus in their blood will reach a level of “undetectable”  which is not only ideal for their own health but dramatically reduces the risk of passing HIV to a partner/s. While TasP is currently the less famous HIV prevention method, it may be favored by some, including couples.  Not only is TasP is effective and cost efficient, the practice of TasP can empowering the person living with HIV and provides a tangible activity for balancing HIV-related stigma.

Join us for a lively discussion on the valuable role TasP plays in the expanded HIV prevention toolkit.

 

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