Healthy people use these kinds of therapies to try to make their immune systems stronger and to make themselves feel better in general. People who have diseases or illnesses, such as HIV, use these therapies for the same reasons. They also can use these therapies to help deal with symptoms of the disease or side effects from the medicines that treat the disease.
Several studies have shown that PrEP reduced the risk of getting HIV infection. Men who have sex with men (MSM) who were given PrEP medication were 44 % overall less likely to get HIV infection compared to those who took no PrEP medication.
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) (Last updated 8/30/2016; last reviewed 8/30/2016) Key Points Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) involves taking antiretroviral (ARV) medicines very soon after a possible exposure
‘No one should die alone, and no one should be in the hospital on their death beds with family calling to say “this was gods punishment”. My friends and I, men and women, acted as a protective layer for ill friends, and companion to mutual friends juggling the same, difficult reality of trying to be there, and be strong when we were losing our family right and left. Difficult times, that should never be forgotten.’