The tMSM Wellness project have developed a new video for Trans guys and other trans masculine folks about PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) to prevent HIV. You can find out the basics in the below videos. PrEP doesn’t mess with your T levels and is really effective at preventing HIV.
If you only have anal sex, you can take PrEP either daily or “on demand”. For effective prevention when having front hole sex, you should ONLY take your PrEP daily It takes longer for protective levels of PrEP to build up in our front holes.
Before you start PrEP, it is really important to have kidney, hepatitis B and and HIV tests checked. Your GP or local sexual health clinic can sort this out for you. It’s recommended you have a check-up every 3 months.
If you are taking medicines for other conditions, it’s important to check there are no drug interactions with the emtricitabine and tenofovir. Ask your doctor to check, or use this link to check. https://www.hiv-druginteractions.org/checker.
PrEP is not freely available on the NHS in England yet, but there are several ways you can get it:
- The PrEP IMPACT Study offers a limited number of people access to NHS funded PrEP. To find if there are places available in your area visit www.prepimpacttrial.org.uk.
- If you live in London you can buy it from from the ‘Dean Street PrEP Shop’.
- You can import it into the UK from validated online suppliers. Visit www.iwantprepnow.co.uk for details.
- If you are not working, you may be eligible to apply for free PrEP from the Mags Portman fund. https://www.tht.org.uk/our-services/online-services/mags-portman-prep-access-fund
If you’re starting HIV PrEP we really recommend you read the i-base PrEP leaflet. You can find it in most sexual health clinics or read it online at www.i-base.info.
For more info about PrEP you can also go here: