PrEP is medication (a tablet) that can be taken by people who do not currently have HIV but are at high risk, due to various reasons. It is taken daily or on an 'event' basis before and after having sex, which greatly reduces the chance of HIV transmission. It is extremely effective when taken properly.
If you feel that you would benefit from using PrEP, please speak to your local NHS sexual health service, as it now available for free.
It's important if you're using PrEP that you take regular sexually transmitted infection (STI) screenings every three months.
For more for information on PrEP and to book an appointment to discuss starting PrEP, please call our information and booking line on 0300 123 6644.
PrEP is for HIV negative people aged 15 years or over. It should be considered for people who may have a higher risk of acquiring HIV, for example: men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, and those with HIV positive partners.
If you think you have been exposed to HIV following sexual contact, PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) is a course of drugs that can be taken to lower the chance of the HIV virus taking hold.
You will only be given the treatment if doctors decide that you're at high risk of contracting HIV and it must be taken within 72 hours (ideally within the first 24 hours) of exposure, so it's important not to wait.
You can access PEP for free from sexual health clinics or if it's 'out of hours' PEP can also be accessed from Emergency Departments.
Remember that PEP isn't guaranteed to work every time. The best way to keep yourself safe and reduce any chance of becoming infected with HIV is to use condoms.
Condoms are the best way to reduce sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy.
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For further information on PrEP visit www.iwantprepnow.co.uk (Terrence Higgins Trust)