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What is PrEP?

The Following is accredited to the hardwork put in by dedicated teams of Health Care Professionals at SEXUAL HEALTH CLINICS across the UK* that have made the UK PrEP Impact Trial a reality. And a big good luck to all those that have got on it. There is a wealth of information available in print and online. We aim to update regularly and give credit where it is due.

PrEP stands for Pre Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP is a tablet you take daily, protecting you from HIV. Studies have shown that by doing this you can maximize your protection against HIV by around 99%.

PrEP is the current tool to HIV negative status.

Studies have shown that PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV if it is used as prescribed. It is important to understand that it does not protect you against any other sexually transmitted diseases (STIs). Taking antibiotics as a precautionary measure to STIs is not advisable. Bacterial resistance is a huge concern globally. And you should consult your doctor or STI clinic.

PrEP is not a cure, neither is it a vaccine for HIV.

There are great videos on YouTube posted by a well known clinic in Dean St, Soho London, on preparing for AND what to expect while taking PrEP.

It is advisable and generally understood that STI testing is kept regular and that an HIV test is carried out at least every 3 months.

How to use PrEP?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend taking PrEP as a daily pill. If taking daily PrEP, it is best to take it routinely at the same time each day,preferably with food to avoid stomach symptoms.

Event based taking of PrEP .( Having condomless sex 24 hours in advance)

Take 2 pills 2 – 24 hours before sex
Take 1 pill daily every 24 hours for TWO days

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