Access to PrEP – What You Need to Know

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ACON today published an information sheet on how to obtain PrEP in Australia.

PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, with “prophylaxis” meaning “to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease.” PrEP is a HIV prevention method in which people who do not have HIV infection take a pill daily to reduce their risk of becoming HIV infected. The pill is called Truvada and it contains two antiviral medicines that are also used to treat people who already have HIV infection. These are the same drugs used to suppress the virus in people living with HIV.

Who should take PrEP?

The effectiveness of using HIV antiretroviral drugs as PrEP has been established by clinical trials conducted in gay men, heterosexual adults and injecting drug users. PrEP can be considered for people in these populations who are at high risk of acquiring HIV, such as gay and other homosexually active men who are having multiple events of condomless sex.

How can I access PrEP in Australia?

If you are considering PrEP, you should discuss this with a doctor with experience in HIV or sexual health to help decide if PrEP is right for you.

For more information, please download this resource which explains your options for obtaining PrEP through the Australian health system, and how to go about obtaining generic it via the internet if you and your doctor decide that is your best access option: PrEP – Access Options