Fast Five Quiz: HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis: Selecting Appropriate Candidates

Jason F. Okulicz, MD


January 20, 2021

Figure 1. A scanning electron microscopic image of HIV. The glycoprotein complex on its surface enables the virus to attach to and fuse with target cells to initiate the infectious cycle.

HIV PrEP should be offered to sexually active HIV-negative MSM who are at risk for acquiring HIV, such as those who use condoms inconsistently during anal intercourse. Many other populations may be considered for HIV PrEP as well, including HIV-negative sexually active heterosexual men and women with risk factors for HIV, such as inconsistent use of condoms during intercourse with a partner of unknown HIV status who is considered to be at high risk for HIV infection (eg, a man who has sex with men and women or an individual who injects drugs). PrEP can also be considered for pregnant and postpartum women and HIV-negative young MSM (aged 15-25 years).

Learn more about selecting candidates for HIV PrEP.


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