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Many people who use post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV are also highly likely to have a mental health issue, according to new research published in AIDS and Behaviour this month. The researchers looked retrospectively at data from a community health clinic in Boston, USA and found that over 50% of people who used PEP after consensual unprotected sex were also living with a mental health condition.
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US HIV strategy highlights role of PrEP
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