HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The virus affects your health by weakening your body’s natural defence system, also known as your immune system. Although there is no cure for HIV, our educated and skilled team can collaborate with your doctor to help you stay healthy with an appropriate treatment regimen.
Are you involved with a loved one who is not infected? You can help decrease the risk of HIV transmission by starting antiretroviral treatment which has been found to reduce the viral load in the blood and bodily fluids.
There are many options available to you on the market. Our staff pharmacists will gladly review any specific medication you may be interested in.
PreP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)
Want to reduce your risk of becoming infected with HIV? There are options! PreP is the regular use of an anti-HIV medication before exposure to the virus. Currently, a combination medication named “Truvada”, has been studied and shown to be efficacious in men during sexual intercourse. Many doctors are beginning to prescribe this medication for prevention; however, it is currently only covered by some private insurance companies for this indication.
PeP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis)
Concerned you may have been infected with HIV? PeP is the use of two to three antiviral medications by an HIV-negative person who may have been exposed to the virus. When taken within 72 hours of exposure and for 4 weeks, these medications can help reduce the risk of HIV infection.
For more information, our specialized staff can help you access a wealth of information and experience. Just stop by and visit us!
INFECTED WITH HEP C?
Hepatitis C is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver and cause many health problems as the disease progresses. Hep C is transmitted through blood-to-blood contact and can live outside the body up to 4 days. It is estimated that 13,000 people in Canada are co-infected with Hepatitis C and HIV. Currently, there are new treatments that are readily available depending on your genotype. Here at Maple Leaf Medical Pharmacy, we can help you access some of that information, as well as the medication should you doctor prescribe it you.