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HIV: New PrEP ring reduces infection by 50% – NHVMAS

The new HIV: New PrEP ring reduces infection by 50% – NHVMAS, has revealed that the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) ring, also known as dapivirine ring, can reduce HIV infection in women by 50 percent if strictly adhered to.Information Guide Nigeria

NAN reports that PrEP is a drug people at risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) take to prevent contracting the virus from sex or injection drug use.

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Speaking at an ongoing media training for female journalists in Lagos, the Executive Director, of NHVMAS, Mrs. Florita Durueke said though the national HIV prevalence is 1.4 percent, the burden on women was higher.

“Data shows that the HIV prevalence was the highest among females aged 35 to 39 years at 3.3 percent and highest among males aged 50 to 54 years at 2.3 percent.JAMB Result

“The prevalence for young women is 1.3 percent but for the young men of the same age group, their prevalence is 0.4 percent,” she said.

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She described the PrEP ring as a flexible vaginal ring, made of silicone that slowly releases an Antiretroviral (ARV) drug called dapivirine over the course of one month to reduce the risk of HIV infection.

According to www.hiv.gov, anyone who is sexually active and doesn’t have HIV can use PrEP.

PrEP is highly effective at preventing HIV when taken as indicated, reducing the risk of transmission from sex by about 99 percent.Jamb Portal

“During an open-label study, the ring can protect from HIV as high as 50 percent.

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“The PrEP ring provides a steady release of dapivirine over one month without the need for maintenance.NYSC Portal

“Low maintenance means less burden on the user to remember doses and may encourage more consistent use,” she said.

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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