What is PrEP?
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PrEP is a pill that you can take to prevent HIV. This has been found to be highly effective if taken correctly.
What does the name PrEP mean?
- ‘Pre’ is something you do before a risk of exposure (in this case to HIV)
- ‘Prophylaxis’ is a treatment or action you can take to help prevent disease.
PrEP is different from PEP
For more information on PEP please click here
PrEP and STI's
PrEP will only protect you from HIV.
To protect yourself from other STI’s such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis and Hepatitis C you will need to take other precautions such as using condoms. We also advise that you seek regular testing.
Your sexual health clinics can offer vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B and HPV.
The benefits of taking PrEP
PrEP is taken to protect you from HIV.
If taken correctly, it means that you do not need to worry about the HIV status of your partner.
You can take PrEP if you are HIV negative, but are at high risk of catching HIV.
Where to get PrEP?
Virgin Care Sexual Health is now commissioned to provide PrEP, free of charge to all users who meet the eligibility criteria.
Please contact your local clinic to arrange an appointment on 0300 330 1122 for Teesside and Northern Lincolnshire, 0300 303 8565 for Oldham, Bury and Rochdale, or 0300 247 0020 for Cheshire West and Chester.