During AIDS Education Month, some still need to learn that the disease is preventable

Lynne Adkins
June 18, 2018 - 6:00 am
pre exposure prophylaxis

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — We know that an HIV/AIDS diagnosis is no longer the death sentence it once was. And according to the latest numbers, nearly 37 million people are living with the virus. 

Aviva Joffe, program director of Einstein Healthcare's Immunodeficiency Center, says there's a way to stay virus-free, even if your partner is infected.

"It's for people who are HIV-negative, and if they have an exposure to HIV while they're taking the medication, they will not become infected," Joffe said. "I think about it sort of similar to birth control pills. It's a pill that someone takes every day to prevent something from happening that they don't want to happen."

She says PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, was approved by the government six years ago, but too many in need don't know it exists. Workers at her center are trying to get the word out, so those at risk remain uninfected.