Information about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

What is PrEP?

PrEP = Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

It is a tablet you can take before sex to help protect you against catching HIV. Studies have shown that using PrEP can reduce your risk of getting HIV by 86%.

Who should take PrEP?

Anyone having sex without a condom is at risk of catching STI's including HIV.

There are some groups however that are more at risk.

These include:

-men who have sex with men
-people from sub-Saharan Africa
-those who inject drugs
-those that have a partner who is known to be HIV positive that isn't on treatment or has a detectable viral load.

How do you take PrEP?

There are 2 ways to take PrEP:

-Daily (1 tablet once a day)
-'Event based dosing' which means taking the tablets before sex, on the days you have sex and for 2 days after sex

Where can I get PrEP?

PrEP is available on the NHS in Wales and Scotland but not currently available in England or Northern Ireland.

In England you can currently get PrEP by being part of the PrEP Impact Trial or you can buy it online.

We’re very sorry but we’re not currently recruiting to the PrEP trial.

If you are buying it online we (and other sexual health clinics) will be happy to give you advice and provide monitoring for you

What else do I need to know?

PrEP doesn't protect you against other STI's, condoms will, so it's important to use them if you can and also go for regular STI checks

More information about PrEP can be found on the following websites:

I want PrEP now

PrEPster

i-Base

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