Monthly Archives: April 2018

Clearing up the 7 most common misconceptions concerning PrEP

Despite the fact that PrEP is known to provide a high level of protection against HIV, aspects of its use remain controversial. The continued debates regarding the preventive tool pose challenges for associated scale-up efforts. One thing is not debatable, however. When drug levels in the blood are high, PrEP offers elevated and consistent protection against HIV. In a symposium at the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), Linda-Gail Bekker, MBChB, DTMH, DCH, FCP(SA), PhD, from the University of...

6 Things You Never Knew About Your HIV Risk

You pretty much know the facts when it comes to HIV, right? Well, you might be falsely confident: A study of almost 2,000 people published in BMC Public Health found that almost half had incorrect knowledge about HIV transmission and AIDS. Worse, men were more likely than women to have the wrong info. The upshot? It’s time to re-familiarize yourself with the virus. In short, HIV can be dangerous because it attacks the immune system hard. “HIV kills a particular kind of...