Did you know: a way to proactively prevent HIV is with a preventive HIV vaccine? This vaccine is for people who are not infected and who would like to prevent a future infection. Although this preventive HIV vaccine is currently available, there’s a few things you should know before deciding if this prevention method is right for you.
If you’ve done any research on HIV prevention, you may have come across the relatively new option of a preventative HIV vaccine. This HIV vaccine works to train a person’s immune system to fight the HIV infection in the case of exposure.
Like any vaccine, the preventive HIV vaccine comes with a lot of questions. The main one being, can you actually get HIV from taking the vaccine. Currently, the preventive vaccines that are being developed do not contain HIV so you would not be at risk of HIV exposure by getting it.
Many people confuse the preventive HIV vaccine with the therapeutic HIV. However, the main difference is this HIV vaccine is designed to treat people who are not infected with HIV as opposed to the therapeutic HIV vaccine which is used for those who have already been diagnosed with HIV.
While the preventive vaccine sounds like a great prevention method, it should be noted that there are currently no preventive HIV vaccines available that have been approved by the FDA. This means that in order to obtain a vaccine you must enroll in a clinical trial.
Don’t let the FDA approval deter you. There are many great reasons to try the preventive HIV vaccine. While there are various types of prevention options, like using protection, avoiding risk behaviors, and prEP, a preventive HIV vaccine would be the most effective method overall.
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