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To prepare the skin or other body surface for an operative procedure, usually by cleaning and applying antiseptic solutions.
[slang for preparation or prepare]
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pre-exposure prophylaxis


(prĕp) Informal
Preparatory: a college prep course; did extensive prep work for the interview.
1. A preparatory school.
2. Preparation: Daily practices are the best prep for the upcoming track meet.
3. A preppie.
v. prepped, prepping, preps
1. To be enrolled in and attend a preparatory school.
2. To prepare for something: prepping for a radio interview.
1. To prepare (someone) for a medical examination or surgical procedure.
2. To prepare or prime: prep a surface for painting.
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Surgery The preparation of both the Pt and the operative site before the first incision, which consists of painting the skin surface with disinfectant, shaving hair, and inserting a catheter
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Colloquially, to prepare skin or other body surface for an operative procedure, usually by applying antiseptic solutions.
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Patient discussion about prep

Q. Getting prepared for chemo Hi, I have breast cancer, and I’m planned to start chemotherapy in a short time. Do you have any advice how should I prepare for it? What to buy? The anti-emesis drugs are already waiting- any other thing I should get?

A. A surgical face mask – if you find yourself in a close place and someone starts to cough or sneeze, you can protect yourself.

Q. A tumor was discovered in my kidney how should I prepare myself to the future events?

A. sorry to hear...there are all sorts of tumors in kidneys but generally i recommend first of all talking to your family and explain the situation. but only after you understand what it is and what that means. you will need a lot of support and you don't want to leave your loved ones in the darkness about it. believe me that is the basic in preparing yourself to any tumor therapy.
good luck!!
you'll be fine i'm sure!!

Q. what are the most common problems women tend to develop during pregnancy? how would i prepare for it???

A. Needing to urinate more often...i think every one has it. because of pregnancy hormones and growing baby presses on her bladder- she needs to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes. it looks pretty annoying. i'm not sure there is something to do with it.

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PrEP is indicated for people whose ongoing sexual or drug injection behaviors put them at substantial risk of HIV infection, and should be taken daily regardless of the frequency of risk-taking behavior.
Gilead's donation will support a greatly accelerated effort to reach these individuals, as well as create an opportunity for state and local partnerships to develop and implement protocols that are intended to ensure uninsured people at risk for HIV are given access to PrEP at no cost.
"While the World Health Organization recommends quarterly HIV testing for those on PrEP, our analysis identifies PrEP with semi-annual testing as the cost-effective HIV prevention strategy for MSM and PWID in India," said, co-author Nagalingeswaran Kumarasamy, CART Clinical Research Site, Infectious Diseases Medical Centre, Voluntary Health Services in Chennai, India.
The prime downtown location, steps away from every major subway line, the PATH and ferry services, as well as recent upgrades to the building, including all major building systems, a new generator, a full elevator modernization, as well as a new building lobby and entrance, made the building an attractive option for Quad Prep.
However, in looking at the effect the feminizing hormones had on PrEP drugs, researchers did discover that total tenofovir exposure was about 13 percent lower in the presence of estradiol.
Among the 78,360 PrEP users identified in 2016, information on race/ethnicity was available for 32,853 (41.9%), including 22,574 (68.7%) who were white, 3,687 (11.2%) who were black, 4,317 (13.1%) who were Hispanic, and 1,486 (4.5%) who were Asian.
In the years since 2012, when the Food and Drug Administration approved PrEP as an indication for 200 mg emtricitabine (Emtriva) and 300 mg tenofovir (Viread)--formulated into a single pill and marketed as Truvada--the idea of PrEP for people at increased risk for HIV exposure has gained traction.
We reviewed de-identified data on demographic and behavioral variables and PrEP awareness and use from intake forms for all HIV-negative MSM who made two or more visits to the Rhode Island STD Clinic between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2015.
Molina stated that at enrolment, 44 per cent of participants used PrEP daily and 53 per cent used it on demand.
BISEXUAL MENIt surveyed 17,000 men who have sex with men in Sydney and Melbourne cities between 2013 and 2017.The new study analysed the uptake and effect of PrEP, particularly on condom use by gay and bisexual men.The findings revealed that consistent condom use dropped from 46 per cent to 31 per cent in men who reported having anal sex with casual partners.
Strong patient prep protocols can make the difference between a successful procedure and one bedeviled by complications.