What is PrEP?
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, known as PrEP for short, is a medication taken by people who are HIV negative to lower their risk of HIV infection. "Pre-exposure" means before sex and "prophylaxis" means to prevent infection.
PrEP is a combination of two medicines (tenofovir disoproxil and emtricitabine) taken as one pill. It prevents HIV infection by stopping HIV genes from getting into Human DNA. PrEP needs to be taken regularly and consistently to keep the level of drug high enough to prevent infection.
Who is PrEP for?
PrEP is for people who are HIV negative and at high risk of acquiring HIV. PrEP is prescribed to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria, as assessed by a sexual health doctor. You must be all of:
Plus, one or more of the following criteria:
How do you access PrEP?
You can book, cancel or reschedule appointments at our clinics using our online booking system.
Alternatively if you think that PrEP might be right for you, ask at any one of our clinics and we will give you information and ask if you want to arrange a follow up appointment. You can also phone for an appointment on 0141 211 8130.
What if I'm already taking PrEP?
If you are taking PrEP you have bought online and would like to discuss your individual situation with our clinical team please contact us on 0141 211 8130. We are very happy to talk to you about monitoring your PrEP use and your sexual health.
How does PrEP fit in with Safer Sex?
PrEP is not a catch-all safer sex strategy, it only protects against HIV infection. You could still get other STIs like gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia. As condoms are still the best way to prevent these and other STIs we recommend that you use condoms too. As part of taking PrEP you will be asked to have regular HIV and STI tests to ensure the medication is working. This means if you're taking PrEP you will have regular opportunities to discuss your sexual health needs with health professionals.