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31 Days of PrEP

Myth or Truth: Is It Worth It to Take a Preventive Med Daily?

Myth or Truth: Is It Worth It to Take a Preventive Med Daily?

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One argument against PrEP goes that since you probably don't have sex every day, it's ridiculous to take a daily pill to prevent a sexually transmitted infection. We offer some debunking.

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Editor's Note: There are, unfortunately, many myths going around about pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP -- the use of an antiretroviral drug by HIV-negative people to prevent them from being infected with HIV during sex. This month we'll look at one myth per day and offer evidence why it's not true.

Myth: It's ridiculous to take a pill every day to prevent something -- for instance, why take something daily to prevent a sexually transmitted infection when you (probably) don't have sex every day?And isn't it hard to keep to this routine?

Truth: We take pills daily to prevent lots of things -- medications to prevent allergy attacks, contraceptives to prevent pregnancy, vitamins to prevent a variety of health problems. We also take medication to specifically prevent diseases such as malaria and typhoid, even if we're healthy, especially when we travel to certain parts of the world. People can adjust to taking a daily medication every day, so fears that people are not responsible enough to take daily PrEP treatment are unfounded. Taking a daily pill is not a new idea and it's easy to make it part of your routine.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.