Many Israelis are having sex without using a condom and end up contracting a virus (HIV) that causes AIDS.
Israel’s AIDS Task Force issued statements urging Israelis to follow safe sex practices in recent weeks, after they noticed a jump in positive HIV tests recently, compared to previous months.
The task force stressed that many of those who tested positive stated that they had sex without a condom with a partner who claimed that he was on PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a medicine used to prevent contracting HIV from sex or injection drug use.
While official data on the reports is not yet available, a number of doctors have described similar cases.
PrEP is a drug that only protects the person who takes it. The task force recommends that people not rely solely on partners’ claims concerning sexual safety, especially concerning casual partners or relationships not based on mutual or certain trust.
Some of those who were checked said that they take PrEP at specific events or before sex and not on a daily basis.
The task force stressed that taking PrEP on demand is effective only if taken accurately. If taking PrEP on demand, the task force recommends taking two PrEP pills at once, at least two hours before having sex.
Protection should last up to 24 hours, as long as you take another pill 24 hours after taking the first two pills and then a third pill 24 hours after the second.
“Do not be tempted to take off your condom if you are asked to. It is your full right to choose how to have sex, with whom, when and, at the same time, to succeed in protecting yourself and your health. If your partner continues to ask and pressure you, it may be better to just say goodbye as friends,” wrote the task force on Facebook.