What is PrEP?
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It is a pill taken before sex to prevent infection. In fact, PrEP meds greatly reduce the risk of becoming HIV positive.
Free access to PrEP depends on where you live in the UK. NHS Scotland or NHS Wales for example, provide free access to PrEP to any citizen at risk. Other countries like England or Northern Ireland also provide PrEP for free while they run a study about its effectiveness. However, people can also buy the pill online or from Dean Street PrEP shop.
Will I still be able to get PrEP during the Coronavirus outbreak?
PrEP meds will still be available through the COVID-19 health crisis. Nevertheless, many clinics will rearrange their services or provide them online to protect people’s health and reduce the number of further cases of Coronavirus.
In addition, doctors will test PrEP users less often as the pill is still very safe and effective. PrEp users are also likely to only be tasted for HIV and Syphilis. Testing for other STI’s will only be done if there are symptoms.
Do PrEP meds prevent or treat COVID-19?
No. The drug for PrEP does not prevent nor treat Coronavirus. Please do not increase your regular PrEP to prevent or treat COVID-19. Do not share it with anyone neither.
For more information please visit https://leicestersexualhealth.nhs.uk