Based on what you’ve told us, we don’t think that you would currently benefit from taking PrEP. This is because you have selected at least one of the following:
- You always use condoms during sex.
- You’re only taking part in sexual activities that have no or low risk of HIV transmission.
- You know you are only having sex with people who are HIV negative or have an undetectable HIV viral load (someone living with HIV and on treatment can’t pass the virus on).
- Your sexual partners are not from a group with higher rates of HIV – gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men or from a population group or country where HIV is more common.
- You are not injecting drugs or using specific drugs during sex.
Your answers indicate that your exposure to HIV and chances of infection is unlikely.
If you regularly use condoms correctly then the risk of HIV transmission is low regardless of the type of sex you’re having.
If you are having sex without using condoms then there is also the possibility of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or of an unplanned pregnancy. If you have casual sex with multiple partners, either in a group or one-on-one, then it’s recommended to get tested for STIs every three to six months. You can use a variety of contraception methods to reduce the likelihood of pregnancy.
Your exposure to HIV and chances of infection may change if:
- You change sexual partner(s).
- The HIV status of your partner(s) changes.
- You change the type of sex you’re having, or include drug use in the sex you have.
If things like this change, then you may benefit from taking PrEP, so either take this assessment again or talk to a clinician at your local sexual health clinic.
If a condom breaks while you’re using it, this will increase the likelihood of pregnancy, or of an STI or HIV, dependant on whether your partner(s) have an STI or untreated HIV. If a condom breaks and you are concerned, it is recommended to talk with your GP or a clinician at a sexual health clinic.
These answers are a guideline to whether PrEP is recommended for you depending on your sexual experience.
If you have any questions about PrEP you can find out more at Terrence Higgins Trust.