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A pill that protects people from HIV may also lead to more sex - 8 months ago, 12 June 16:18

By: Angela Oketch

A pill that protects people from contracting HIV may lead to reckless behaviour such as non-use of condoms during sexual intercourse, a study has shown.

The study published in the Lancet HIV Journal showed that the introduction of Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) had coincided with increases in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like chlamydia and syphilis, a sign that condom use had dropped.

"When seat belt laws went into effect, some studies suggested drivers became more likely to speed or drive recklessly a phenomenon called "risk compensation." Is the same thing happening among people at risk of HIV, now that they can take antiretroviral drugs to protect themselves from the virus, they are not using a condom," revealed findings from the study.

The study surveyed 17,000 men who have sex with men in Sydney and Melbourne between 2013 and 2017.

The new study analysed the uptake and effect of PrEP, particularly on condom use by gay ...
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