PrEP

Update – 1st October 2020.  Solent Sexual Health is now commissioned to provide PrEP to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria (see below).

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. If you decide to access PrEP from other sources, we are able to provide you with safety monitoring and give you advice on usage. We will also provide routine STI testing and other Sexual Health services as part of your journey with PrEP.

 

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 6 months
  • AND are likely to continue having condomless sex (excluding oral)

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.