What is PrEP?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the use of medication by a HIV-negative person to prevent HIV infection. PrEP is a tablet containing a combination of two drugs that are also used to treat people living with HIV, Tenofovir and Emtricitabine.
Is PrEP for me?
PrEP is suitable for you if you are at medium to high risk of HIV infection. For example, if you are a man who has sex with men (MSM) without using condoms and/or you have a sexual partner who has HIV and is not on treatment. PrEP may also be suitable for you if you are a heterosexual man or woman, transgender person on someone who injects drugs depending on your level of HIV risk.
PrEP is not recommended for people who consistently use condoms, who have partners who are HIV negative and/or who have partners who are HIV positive with an undetectable viral load.
Is PrEP effective? Several large clinical trials have shown that PrEP significantly reduces the risk of HIV infection. For people who take PrEP as prescribed by their doctor, PrEP prevents almost 100 per cent of HIV infections. PrEP does not protect you against other sexually transmissible infections (STI) like syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea. When you are taking PrEP, it is important for you to consider STI prevention and have STI screening every three months, as advised by your doctor.