Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the use of medication by people without HIV to prevent infection. PrEP is now available via a clinical trial called EPIC.
PrEP is very effective in preventing HIV infection provided it is taken regularly. A study called EPIC NSW (Expanded PrEP Implementation in Communities in NSW), is providing medication for thousands of people at risk of HIV in NSW.This study uses the combination of two anti-retroviral treatments (ART) of emtricabine with tenofovir in a single tablet (Truvada).
If the EPIC study is not suitable for you another option is to buy PrEP medication online. This needs a prescription from your doctor and costs about $100 a month.
If you have questions about PrEP It is best to talk to your GP at East Sydney Doctor. A very good summary of PrEP is available from ACON. http://endinghiv.org.au/nsw/stay-safe/epic/
Most consultations for PrEP are bulk-billed through Medicare so there is no charge to you. If you are interested in PrEP please make an appointment.