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Facts

1.5 million Current estimates indicate that about 1.5 million people in Uganda are living with HIV. 57% of them female. Source: avert.org
Age of 25 The vast majority of HIV infections occurs in adults over the age of 25. Source: UNICEF

Senga

"Is using PrEP safer than condoms?"

"Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is a way for people who do not have HIV, but are at a very high risk of getting HIV, preventing HIV infections By taking a pill every day, someone exposed to HIV through sex, injection or exposure to infected blood, can keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection. When taken daily and correctly, PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV infection. However, PrEP only protects against HIV infections and not all other STIs like gonorrhea, Chlamydia, or syphilis. PrEP also does not prevent unwanted pregnancy. Only Condoms do protect against HIV/AIDS, STIs,"

"Can you reduce the risk of getting HIV after having unprotected sex with someone who has HIV?"

"Let's say you had sex with someone who is HIV infected and the condom broke, or you found out only after unprotected sex that your partner had HIV. Can you reduce your risk of getting HIV from sex--or from a needlestick--by taking medications afterward? Yes. This is called postexposure prophylaxis, or PEP. The medications that are given are the same types that are used to treat HIV (antiretrovirals, or ARVs), and they usually are given as a combination of 3 medicines for 1 month. To work best, these ARVs should be taken as soon as possible after the exposure, and…"

"Can someone get HIV immediately after having sex with an infected person?"

"YES you can get HIV/AIDs however, you can only know your status within 72 hours after doing an HIV/AIDs test. If you are not sure of your partner's status, then it is advisable for you to take PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis)and wait for 90 days which makes it three months of waiting."

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