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) from a population group or country where HIV is more common.
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.
From October 2020 PrEP began to be available for free from some sexual health clinics in England. You should check with your local service to find out if they are providing PrEP yet.
If you’re thinking about getting PrEP from outside the NHS there are a number of things to consider. You can find more information from I Want PrEP Now.
If you have any questions about PrEP you can find out more at Terrence Higgins Trust.