Zainab Y. Munu, the Chief Councillor of Social Linkages for Youth Development and Child Link has disclosed that Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an HIV prevention drug that protects HIV-negative persons from infection.
In explaining her claim better she said, total adherence to PrEP is very important for its effectiveness, maintaining that the higher the adherence to PrEP the more effective it prevents HIV infection, recommending that PrEP is taken on a daily basis and before sex, adding that there is evidence suggesting that it can prevent the transmission of HIV in anal sex and vaginal sex.
The Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drug becomes effective 7 days after initiation, and its usage has to be taken seriously.
She maintained that the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated in its guidance that gender-affirming hormones are processed in the body by the liver, whereas PrEP medicines are processed in the kidneys, noting that PrEP has given hope on how to effectively prevent HIV thereby turning the tide against the immune virus.
She said currently PrEP is not available everywhere in Sierra Leone, but it is available and can be obtained at Drop-in centres in the Country.