Four New Approaches to PrEP in Development That Aren't a Daily Pill

Four New Approaches to PrEP in Development That Aren't a Daily Pill

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Not everyone wants to, or can, take daily emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Truvada) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). And, as we seem to be getting closer to long-acting injectables, some advocates have questioned the feasibility of getting a shot every other month for most people. But, at the HIV Research for Prevention conference (HIVR4P) in Madrid, Spain, last week, researchers presented four new methods that are in early stages of development. If we're lucky, in a few years, there may be products that people can use just before they have sex or that are long acting and left in place for some period.

Four researchers presented their work to develop safe and effective anal/vaginal douches and inserts, implantables that are biodegradable, and vaginal rings. Here's a rundown of each method.

Kenyon Farrow is the senior editor of TheBody and TheBodyPRO. Follow Kenyon on Twitter: @kenyonfarrow.

Image Credit: vitanovski for iStock via Thinkstock

Not everyone wants to, or can, take daily emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Truvada) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). And, as we seem to be getting closer to long-acting injectables, some advocates have questioned the feasibility of getting a shot every other month for most people. But, at the HIV Research for Prevention conference (HIVR4P) in Madrid, Spain, last week, researchers presented four new methods that are in early stages of development. If we're lucky, in a few years, there may be products that people can use just before they have sex or that are long acting and left in place for some period.

Four researchers presented their work to develop safe and effective anal/vaginal douches and inserts, implantables that are biodegradable, and vaginal rings. Here's a rundown of each method.

Kenyon Farrow is the senior editor of TheBody and TheBodyPRO. Follow Kenyon on Twitter: @kenyonfarrow.

Image Credit: vitanovski for iStock via Thinkstock