Dana (32) wants to know whether there is a «protective pill for HIV», the so-called PrEP, for women. Expert Nathan explains and tells you what to watch out for.
- Nathan Schocher
- Julia Ullrich
Dana (32) wonders whether there is also a «protective pill for HIV» for women.
She learned from her acquaintances that you can take them “at short notice and have sex in the evening.”
Expert Nathan Schocher explains.
Dana * (32) contacts us: She is single, enjoys her independence and likes to date. She learned from her gay friends that they each take a pill before sex to protect them from contracting HIV. Now she wants to know from us whether there is something like that for straight women like her.
This pill actually exists, it is known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP for short. In Switzerland, she is mainly known in the gay community, as gays are still exposed to a particularly high risk of HIV compared to straight people. PrEP also works for women, in the form of a daily intake. This begins seven days before the first sex without a condom. If you want to end PrEP, you take another tablet seven days after your last condom-free sex and then stop taking the drug.
According to studies, the effectiveness is not sufficient in women
Dana objects that her buddies also use PrEP on a short-term basis if, for example, they want to have sex on the same evening. There is also an effective option for men to start and stop PrEP at short notice: There will be 24 at the latest two Taken two tablets at the same time hours before the first sex. Then one tablet exactly every 24 hours and one tablet again after the last sex after 24 and 48 hours.
In women, however, the effectiveness of this form of administration has not proven to be sufficient in studies, presumably because the protective effect in the vaginal mucous membrane builds up more slowly. Important to know: PrEP is a prescription drug that should only be taken after extensive medical advice, combined with an HIV test. Only at beautiful ensure that an HIV infection is not already present without being recognized.
Regular medical checks are recommended. They are important to check if that The drug works and is well tolerated. It will also be tested for more sexually made communicable infections because the PrEP only protects against HIV. Incidentally, the costs are not covered by the health insurance. There are now so-called PrEP consultation hours in several Swiss cities, here you can get straightforward advice.
Aids-Hilfe Schweiz regularly reports on cases from its counseling. Nathan Schocher, program manager at Aids-Hilfe Schweiz, summarizes a case anonymously in a post once a month.
Do you need help yourself? Then register at: aids.ch.
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