What is PrEP?

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, also known as PrEP, is when people take medicine to lower their risk of getting HIV. HIV works by hijacking healthy immune system cells and using them to produce more of the virus. PrEP prevents the virus from taking hold and starting that process. Currently, a combination of two HIV drugs, tenofovir and … Continued

The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Get Tested!

  For 12 years, March 10 has been observed as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). The CDC estimates that over 280,000 women are living with HIV and of those women, 11% don’t know they are infected. The theme for NWGHAAD is: The Best Defense is a Good Offense. This theme speaks volumes … Continued

Snapshots

The use of home testing kits for Chlamydia and gonorrhea could help overcome barriers to STD testing and help get people treated faster. The L.A. County Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program’s “I Know” campaign encouraged women to order a free home STD testing kits and get their results either online or by phone. The program … Continued

U.S Women Want Answers on PrEP

We’ve come a long way in treating HIV/AIDS, but there is a strong need for more and better tools that can prevent transmission and stem the tide of infection. So, last year, HIV/AIDS activists celebrated when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Truvada, a drug that can reduce the risk of HIV infection. Truvada … Continued