Speaking openly about HIV

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Actor Charlie Sheen announced Tuesday on “Today” that he is HIV positive. Sheen said he was diagnosed four years and is treating the virus with medications.

Shiron Jones, an acute care nurse practitioner with the AIDS Resource Center, joined Katie Ussin on Five on 2 to answer questions about HIV and discuss treatment and prevention methods.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, known as PrEP, is a preventative pill intended for high-risk patients. According to the CDC, “if you take PrEP daily, the presence of the medicine in your bloodstream can often stop HIV from taking hold and spreading in your body.” It’s intended to be used in conjunction with other prevention methods such as condoms.

If you would like to learn more about confidential HIV testing, contact the AIDS Resource Center Dayton Medical Center at (937)-853-3650. It’s located in the Wright Health Building at 1222 South Patterson Blvd.

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