PrEP Tool Response
Based on the answers that you’ve provided, we don’t think that you would 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 effective treatment can’t pass the virus on).
- Your sexual partners are not from a high-risk group – men who have sex with men or people from a high prevalence country.
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 condomless sex then there is still the possibility of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STIs) or an unplanned pregnancy. You should have a regular STI test whenever you have a change in partner with whom you are having condomless sex. If you have casual sex with multiple partners, then you should get tested for STIs more frequently, once every three to six months. You can use different contraception methods to reduce the risk of pregnancy.
Your exposure to HIV and chances of infection may change if:
- You have a new sexual partner
- Your sexual partner(s) HIV status changes
- You change the type of sex you’re having
If you use condoms and the condom breaks, then this increases the risk of HIV, an STI or pregnancy. If this happens, you can take emergency contraception within 1 to 5 days to reduce the risk of pregnancy; or post-exposure prophylaxis (also known as PEP) within 72 hours of exposure to reduce the risk of HIV transmission. You can take the PEP quiz to see if you’ve been at risk.
These answers are a guideline to whether PrEP is recommended for you depending on your sexual experience. However, others still can benefit from PrEP, including:
- people who share drug injecting equipment.
- people who regularly handle or come into contact with contaminated blood.
If you have any questions about PrEP you can find out more at Terrence Higgins Trust.