The CDC of the Ministry of Health and Welfare announced the expansion of the public-funded PrEP program.

(File photo, photo by reporter Lin Huiqin)

[Reporter Lin Huiqin/Report from Taipei] In order to prevent HIV infection, the CDC of the Ministry of Health and Welfare continues to promote the public-funded PrEP plan. Today, it announced that this year, the number of public-funded PrEP service medical institutions will increase from 38 to 63 to provide HIV-infected patients. Integrated services for spouses or partners and young people under the age of 35 (inclusive), including physician assessment, PrEP drugs, health education consultation, and sexually transmitted disease testing. If there is a drug addiction problem, it will also assist in referral to rehabilitation and other personalized services. The number of places is about 4,000 people.

PrEP is an internationally recognized method that can effectively prevent HIV infection. Before people are exposed to the risk of HIV infection, they can take drugs to allow the body to have sufficient drug concentration to prevent HIV infection, and the protection effect can reach 90%. The above, but because the protection is not 100%, and other STDs cannot be prevented, it is still necessary to use condoms, water-based lubricants and regular screenings correctly throughout the entire process to achieve maximum protection.

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Statistics from the CDC show that the AIDS epidemic in my country has shown a downward trend since 2018. Last year, there were 1,075 new HIV infections, of which 60% were under the age of 35, and about 90% of the risk factors for infection were unsafe sex.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds people who are at risk of infection, such as partners who are HIV-infected, have multiple sexual partners, have sex with strangers, do not use condoms every time they have sex, have recently been infected with other sexually transmitted diseases, and use addictive drugs, etc. , PrEP is another option for infection prevention. Those who need it, please go to the PrEP section of the CDC website for inquiries.

Don't be discouraged if you don't meet the conditions for public subsidies. There are also 95 medical institutions across the country that provide PrEP services at their own expense.

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  • AIDS

  • venereal disease

  • unsafe sex

  • PrEP

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