PrEP

Update – July 2020. The PrEP Impact trial is now CLOSED to recruitment. The roll-out of PrEP across England was delayed by the coronavirus crisis. This service should be in place within Solent NHS Trust Sexual Health in the Autumn 2020. An interim supply of PrEP has been obtained for those already enrolled on the PrEP Impact trial ONLY. We will update this page as we get further information.

We understand that anyone wishing to access PrEP is making an important decision in looking after their own health and wellbeing. Therefore as a service we are here to support you if you have any questions about using PrEP or accessing PrEP outside of trials. If you do access PrEP from other sources, we are able to provide you with safety monitoring and give you advise on usage. We will also provide routine STI testing and other Sexual Health services as part of your journey with PrEP.

 

How can I obtain PrEP if I am not enrolled on the trial?

Unfortunately the NHS is not able to supply PrEP to anyone outside of clinical trials until the roll-out of PrEP across England (see above).

For information about other ways of acquiring PrEP we suggest you visit the iwantprepnow website

If you do acquire PrEP from another source, please make an appointment and discuss your PrEP use with the sexual health team.  We will be able to advise you on its use, and provide the safety monitoring required.

Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has set up the Mags Portman PrEP Access Fund to give financial assistance to people who are not able to access PrEP on the NHS and who cannot afford to buy it themselves online. 

 

What is PrEP?

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis against HIV) is a medication that can be used by people who are HIV negative, but at high risk of HIV, to dramatically reduce their chance of catching HIV.  It has been shown to be highly effective in clinical trials.

 

Who should consider taking PrEP?

A. Men and transgender women who:

  • Have sex with men
  • AND have had an HIV negative test during in the preceding year
  • AND report condomless sex (excluding oral) in the previous 3 months
  • AND are likely to continue having condomless sex (excluding oral) in the next 3 months

B. HIV negative partners of an HIV positive person when:

  • The HIV positive partner is not known to be virally suppressed (<200 copies/ml for 6 months or more)
  • AND condomless sex (excluding oral) is anticipated before treatment of the HIV positive partner takes effect

C. Other HIV negative people assessed to be at high risk of HIV acquisition.

  • This may include people having condomless sex (excluding oral) with multiple partners from parts of the world where HIV is common (such as Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean), and commercial sex workers or their clients who report regular condomless sex.

 

If you feel you fall into any of the above categories and would like further information regarding PrEP please contact the service on 0300 300 2016