In this programme we will support your use of a drug that, if taken regularly, can prevent you from being infected with HIV.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) involves taking HIV medicine before you have sex. If you take it correctly, it provides very good protection against catching HIV. PrEP pills contain 2 drugs, emtricitabine and tenofovir. PrEP is not freely available on the NHS yet, but you can buy it safely online or from the ‘Dean Street PrEP Shop’.
For more information, ask a member of staff or watch the PrEP videos on the ‘Dean Street Official’ YouTube channel. Pick up a copy of the i-base PrEP leaflet in the clinic, or read it online at www.i-base.info. We recommend going to www.iwantprepnow.co.ukfor the latest on buying PrEP online.
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.
There are 2 ways to take PrEP. For continuous protection, take a pill every day. After a week you will be protected. Otherwise, if you can predict when you will be at risk, you could use ‘intermittent’ PrEP. This involves taking 2 pills between 2 and 24hrs BEFORE sex. You then take one pill every day until at least 2 days after the last unprotected sex.
Before you start PrEP, it is really important to have kidney, hepatitis B and and HIV tests checked. We can sort this for you, just walk into Dean Street Express. Every 3 months we also recommend a urine kidney test and full sexual health check-up.
It’s important to remember that HIV PrEP doesn’t protect against other sexually transmitted infections.