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The PrEP panel consists of basic tests that need to be done before starting Pre-exposure Prophylaxis pill for HIV, and for the purpose of monitoring while someone is taking PrEP .
PrEP or pre exposure prophylaxis is a powerful, safe and highly effective prevention measure against Hiv infection. To take PrEP you must be HIV Negative.
Anyone who wants to prevent HIV infection through Sex or Injection Drug Use.
PrEP is a once daily pill taken continuously.
PrEP when taken consistently and correctly it reduces the chance of HIV infection through sex by 99% (iPrEx clinical study 2017 done in Brazil, Ecuador, South Africa, U.S) and through Injection drug use (BTS study- Bangkok Tenofovir study 2013) by 74%. The effectiveness of PrEP is closely linked to consistency of PrEP. PrEP effectiveness decreases rapidly if not taken regularly as prescribed.
PrEP is safe. No significant side effects have been seen. Some people may have nausea, vomiting, flatulence that can be managed and go away over time. Serious side effects like decreased kidney function are rare. Decrease in bone density is rare.
PrEP does provide protection against STI'S like HBV, HCV, Syphilis and Gonorrhea. Use Condoms when on PrEP for prevention of certain STI'S and to further decrease the risk of HIV