The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) affects more than a million Americans, increasing their risk of developing additional health complications, including AIDS. Matt Pabis, MD, offers the innovative PrEP therapy at his self-titled family practice in the East Village area of New York City. PrEP therapy can lower your chances of getting HIV in the first place. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a treatment for people who are at a high risk of developing HIV, an immunodeficiency virus that hinders a person’s ability to fight off infections. Getting HIV can also lead to getting acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS.
Unlike other viruses, your body can never fully eliminate HIV, even with treatment. PrEP is an option that involves using daily medications to lower your chances of getting infected with HIV in the first place.
During a consultation, Dr. Pabis will discreetly discuss your lifestyle habits, health care work, or drug use, to determine if PrEP is right for you. He’ll also review your health history to determine if you can tolerate PrEP medications.
If you’re at a high risk of contracting HIV due to lifestyle choices, such as intravenous drug use or having multiple sexual partners, PrEP may significantly lower your risk of getting infected with HIV.
In order for treatment to be the most effective, you’ll need to follow the dosage schedule that Dr. Pabis recommends.
For PrEP therapy, you’ll need to take daily oral medications. The PrEP medication is safe and causes few side effects. You may initially experience some nausea when first taking the pills, which should resolve over time.
Before beginning treatment, Dr. Pabis will administer an HIV test to ensure you don’t already have the infection. You’ll also need follow-up testing every three months while taking PrEP medications.
Even while taking PrEP medications, you must still protect yourself during sexual activity. Using condoms will help reduce your risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, herpes, and the human papillomavirus, which can lead to certain types of cancer. Condoms also provide an added measure of protection against HIV infection.
To learn more about PrEP therapy and find out if it’s the right choice for you, contact Matt Pabis, MD. Call the Manhattan office or book an appointment online today.