PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)
PrEP is a free pill on the NHS that protects those who are HIV negative from catching the disease. For more information visit I want PrEP now
PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. “Pre” is something you do before a risk of “exposure” (in this case to HIV) and “prophylaxis” is a treatment or action you can take to help prevent disease.
PrEP is for people who are HIV-negative and more at risk of HIV infection. It can be used by men and women, both trans and cisgender.
To find out if it is right for you, visit: PrEPTool
There are two ways to take PrEP: every day OR before and after sex
When taken correctly, PrEP can reduce the risk of getting HIV by up to 99%
PrEP does not protect people from other STIs, and people on PrEP should get regular full STI tests to look after their general sexual health.
It is available for free from local Sexual Health clinics. Staff will make sure that anyone using PrEP is safe to use (a kidney function and HIV test will be required).
If you live in the UK it is legal to buy and import PrEP as long as it is for personal use only, and you buy no more than 3 months' supply at once. For more information visit Buy PrEP