PrEP Tool Response
Based on the answers that you’ve provided, we think that you would benefit from taking PrEP. This is because you have selected at least one of the following:
- You are having insertive and/or receptive sex without a condom with someone who is HIV positive and not on effective treatment.
- You don’t know the HIV status of your partner(s) and they are (or you don’t know) men who have sex with men or from a high-risk country.
If you are having sex without condoms then there is the possibility of transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and 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 contraception to reduce the risk of pregnancy.
If you think you have been exposed to HIV within the last 3 days (72 hours), you may need post-exposure prophylaxis (also known as PEP) 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 who may benefit from PrEP include:
- people who share drug injecting equipment.
- people who regularly handle or come into contact with contaminated blood.
It is advised to have an HIV test and kidney function test before starting PrEP. You should therefore visit your local sexual health clinic to have a checkup and discuss your needs with a doctor or nurse. They will be able to verify your HIV status and confirm whether PrEP is right for you.
- Depending on where you live, you might be eligible for an NHS-funded clinical trial. You will receive PrEP for free and have to visit the clinic every 3 months for a check-up. There are still places available in many areas.
- Buy generic PrEP. Remember to have an HIV test before starting PrEP and get checkups every 3 months at your local sexual health clinic.
- Call THT Direct on 0808 802 1221 for more information on PrEP.
- Terrence Higgins Trust has recently launched The Mags Portman PrEP Access Fund which is a means-tested service for those who cannot afford PrEP.
If you have any questions about PrEP you can find out more at Terrence Higgins Trust.