California residents can now obtain two HIV prevention drugs without a prescription — a first-in-the-nation development that could dramatically improve access to the medications.

One of the drugs, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), is taken similarly to a birth control pill. Anyone with an elevated risk of contracting HIV — for example, a person who regularly engages in condomless sex with partners of unknown HIV status — can take the medication once daily and see their risk substantially reduced — the same way taking the birth control pill drastically reduces a person’s risk of pregnancy.

Continuing the analogy, the other drug, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), is more like emergency contraception. If a person is exposed to HIV, they can lower their risk of contraction by taking PEP within 72 hours — the same way a person might take emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy following unprotected sex.

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