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Understanding Oral PrEP

Oral PrEP

What is Oral PrEP? Oral PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a medication regimen for people who do not have HIV but are at risk of contracting it. Taking Oral PrEP daily can significantly reduce the risk of HIV from sex or drug use. How Does Oral PrEP Work? The medication works by establishing a protective […]

Syphilis 101: What You Need to Know About This STI

Syphilis

Understanding Syphilis Often dubbed “the great imitator,” syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that can mimic many other illnesses. Here’s what you need to know: What Is Syphilis? The bacterium Treponema pallidum causes it. Despite being one of the oldest known STIs, its chameleon-like ability to resemble other diseases keeps it prevalent. How Is It […]

Understanding HIV: U=U

Understanding HIV

The Basics of HIV and Viral Load HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, attacks the immune system. Viral load measures how much virus is present in the blood. High viral loads indicate active replication, while low levels suggest better control over the virus. Click here to see a an animated video that explains the basics of […]

HPV Vaccine: Your Best Bet Against HPV-Related Diseases

HPV Vaccine

Unpacking the HPV Vaccine: What It Is and How It Works The HPV vaccine is a groundbreaking preventive measure against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is known to cause several types of cancers (anal, penile, vaginal, throat) and genital warts. HPV is a common virus transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact, including sexual activity. It is […]

Doxy PEP: Debunking Myths and Understanding Benefits

Doxy PEP

Understanding Doxy PEP: What It Is and How It Works The Basics of Doxy PEP Doxy PEP, short for Doxycycline Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, is an innovative approach to preventing bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  It is designed to be taken within 72 hours of a condomeless sexual encounter. The goal is to stop infections before they […]

Long-acting Injectable HIV Treatment: Revolutionizing HIV Care

Long-acting Injectable HIV Treatment: Revolutionizing HIV Care

The Evolution of HIV Treatment The journey of HIV treatment has been nothing short of revolutionary, moving from the daily regimen of pills to the innovative long-acting injectable treatments. This evolution marks a significant milestone in the care and management of HIV, offering new hope and convenience for those living with the virus. Understanding the […]