So Why is PrEP a Big Deal? 

PrEP is a medication that has revolutionised the fight against HIV.
The HIV virus spreads through human-to-human contact during unprotected sexual activity or sharing needles for drug injecting. If left untreated, HIV can lead to AIDS. While you can live with HIV, there is no cure and we recommend taking all precautions against it.  

Safe sex includes using protection and getting tested for STI’s regularly. For years those were the only ways to protect yourself against potential STI infection. For HIV there’s now an extra line of defence: PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). 

How does PrEP work?

PrEP is a medical breakthrough. Upon contact with the HIV virus, the components of PrEP block the enzyme needed for the virus to replicate in the body. When used correctly, it eliminates the risk of acquiring the virus after exposure and is effective in 99% of cases.

What exactly is PrEP?

PrEP is a combination of two medications, co-formulated tenofovir and emtricitabine, combined in one pill for use by people at risk of HIV infection.

Am I still at risk of other sexually transmitted infections (STI’s)?

Yes. PrEP prevents HIV infection but does not prevent any other STI’s. It’s important that people on PrEP continue to use condoms and undergo regular STI testing to keep themselves and all sexual partners safe. You can get an STI test anytime with us. 

How do I take PrEP?

PrEP is generally taken daily, one pill a day, every day. This is called ‘PrEP Daily’. There are other ways to take PrEP, including ‘PrEP on-demand’. The efficacy of PrEP depends a lot on correct use, so we’ve put the facts down so there’s no confusion.  Learn how to take PrEP to be protected against HIV. 

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