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Busting the Myths on PrEP for HIV- Fact or Fiction Quiz

  1. Fact or Fiction: I can get HIV by being around people who are HIV positive. 
  2. Fact or Fiction: If both partners are HIV positive, there is no need to use a condom. 
  3. Fact or Fiction: Once you start taking Prep, you can never stop.
  4. Fact or Fiction: PrEP is a new way to prevent HIV. 
  5. Fact or Fiction: You should get tested for HIV immediately before and at least every 3 months while taking PrEP.
  6. Fact or Fiction: PrEP is a pharmaceutical conspiracy to make money from HIV. Fact: | Thank you to health4men for this info! 
  7. Fact or Fiction: I aged out of having to worry about things like HIV. 

Answer Key:

  1. Fiction. Here’s why: HIV isn’t spread through touch, tears, sweat, saliva or urine. You can’t catch it by: breathing the same air, touching a toilet seat or door knob or handle, drinking from a water fountain, hugging, kissing or shaking hands, sharing eating utensils, or using exercise equipment at a gym. HIV is found in blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), vaginal fluid, rectal fluid and breast milk. HIV spreads when one of these fluids from a person who has HIV enters the body of a person who does not. Some of the ways this can happen are through:Anal, oral, or vaginal sex, needles, syringes, or other injection equipment, pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding and via small amounts of blood spread during deep kissing or oral sex (which is extremely rare).
  2. Fiction. Here’s why: If both partners are positive, there are still a lot of things to consider. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) does not protect against other STDs or unwanted pregnancy. It is also possible for an HIV positive individual to be infected with a second strain of HIV. In other words, there are still some very valid reasons to use a condom.
  3. Fiction. Here’s why: PrEP is a prescription medicine that can help reduce the risk of getting HIV. It is important that you take PrEP daily, but you can stop taking it at anytime if you feel you no longer need it.
  4. Fact. Here’s why: PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. PrEP is a daily pill that can protect you from HIV as long as you take it every day and use condoms. PrEP protects people who are HIV-negative and are: At risk of being exposed to HIV through sex or injection drugs. Ready to take a daily pill. If you are HIV-negative and exposed to HIV, PEP can stop HIV before it infects your body.
  5. Fact. Here’s why: Many HIV tests can miss HIV infection in a person who has recently become infected. If you have flu-like symptoms, you could have recently become infected with HIV. You should tell your healthcare provider if you had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting or at any time while taking PrEP. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin.
  6. Fiction. Here’s why: PrEP development was driven by activist, community leaders and scientist. Gilead, the company that developed PrEP, was not allowed to participate in the research to prove PrEP works. All research done to prove PrEP works is available to the public if you have any doubts! 
  7. Fiction. Here’s why: Unlike many parts of today’s society, HIV does not discriminate! Gender, race, sexual preference, and yes even age does not stop the risk of contracting HIV. The rates of STDs, like HIV, are on the rise in people over 50 because of this myth. 

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