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This site contains HIV prevention messages that might not be appropriate for all audiences. Since HIV infection is spread primarily through sexual practices or by sharing needles, prevention messages and programs may address these topics. If you are not seeking such information or may be offended by such materials, please explore other parts of our website.
Why PrEP Matters
- There are an estimated40,000 - 50,000 new HIV infections
each year in the US.
- 1.2 million people in the U.S living with HIV
- This number is not changing, despite years of prevention efforts.
- 1 in 8 people (12.8%) are not aware of their HIV infection
What Is PrEP?
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is antiretroviral medicine taken daily by HIV-negative people to reduce their risk of infection
- Truvada is currently the only FDA approved medication for PrEP. Truvada is a combination of 2 drugs: tenofovir and emtricitabine
- The medication has been used as an HIV treatment since 2004
- Truvada proven effective for preventing HIV infection in multiple clinical trials
- Approved as PrEP in 2012 as part of a combination prevention approach
Yes, oral sex is sex, and it can boost cancer risk
Here's a crucial message for teens: Oral sex carries many of the same risks as vaginal sex, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of oral cancers in America in people under age 50.
"Adolescents don't think oral sex is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having "sex."
Full story on CNN
Urgent HIV Treatment Alert
FDA approves Selzentry (maraviroc) 150 mg and 300 mg tablets, a CCR5 co-receptor antagonist used in combination with other antiretroviral products for the treatment of adults infected with CCR5-tropic HIV-1.
Read about the FDA's updated evaluation of condom effectiveness against specific STI's
How to safely dispose of your used syringes
This PDF from the EPA explains the proper way to dispose of medical sharps, or syringes.
Successful Interventions for Adolescent HIV and STI Screening
Learn about Sexual Risk Behavior Publications & Resources from the CDC.
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CDC HIV/AIDS information
The CDC has made some major changes to the Division of HIV/AIDS internet pages. These include better organization of topics, better search engine - you can now search just the HIV/AIDS website and more frequent updates. You can get to these pages from our Infectious Disease Links page, in the HIV/AIDS section.
Other HIV/AIDS resources
Hepatitis C not a single disease issue: - Relationship of HVC to diabetes, lymphoma, liver cancer and mental disorders. From hepcchallenge.org.
Hepatitis C and liver cancer: - A growing threat in the Hepatitis C population. From hepcchallenge.org.
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