Given that we live in a culture still bent on pitching abstinence-only sex ed to sexually active teens, still sustaining the stigma around STIs and still dealing with the devastating history of the AIDs epidemic, it can be exhausting to worry or even think about contracting HIV. But there's one medication that can help you ease your mind and enjoy a safer, healthier, worry-free sex life.

What is PrEP, exactly?

In 2012, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (shortened to PrEP) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for HIV prevention. The once-a-day pill for people at high risk of acquiring HIV through sex or intravenous drug use is probably most well-known by men who have sex with men. PrEP jumped from being used by 6 percent of gay and bi men in 2014 to being used by 35 percent of gay and bi men in 2017, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in March 2019. But in reality, PrEP can be useful for everyone. The only qualification is that you must be HIV-negative