PrEP for everyone

Today Jhpiego Lesotho held a press conference in regard to the services they provide, however putting the emphasis on the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) and the Pre- Exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); methods under the Lesotho TSEPO program used to prevent new HIV infections.

PrEP is said to be a pill taken daily by all HIV negative people who are at risk of HIV infection. It work best when taken daily as prescribed by the doctor.

“When taken consistently it has been shown to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV infection by 90 percent”, said the Communications Manager, Jhpiego Polo Mots’oari.

Just like every medication and or anything, PrEP also has side effects which may last for a short period of time.

“And this include headaches, weight loss and nausea. Nevertheless, these side effects often reduce or stop after a few weeks of taking the pill. Moreover, these effects happened differently according to people”, she said.

It is as the interview went on that this magazine gathered that only HIV negative people who are at risk of such are the ones entitled to PrEP,

“people who have unprotected sex with people of unknown status, people who have multiple sexual partners, people who have STIs frequently, people who experience frequent condom bursts and people in discordant relationships where one partner is HIV positive and the another HIV negative.”

This pill first started in October 2017 with the target of 15 465 and have achieved 2 879 only in this Maseru, Berea and Leribe districts.

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