PrEP and PEP

Pre exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

 

Public Health England announced plans for PrEP to be rolled out in England starting April 2020. PrEP is currently not yet available in any of our clinics in West Sussex as the roll up has not been commenced and will be delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to check our website for updates.

 

Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) 

HIV PEP is available and free for people who feel that they have been at high risk of exposure to HIV for example unprotected anal sex between men when their HIV status is not known.

PEP is a course of anti HIV medication taken twice a day for 28 days in order to prevent the HIV virus entering the body’s blood cells. If you are not sure whether you need PEP please speak to one of our team so we can assess the risk and advise you further.

PEP is available from our Sexual Health clinics in Crawley, Chichester and Worthing during opening hours. Outside of these hours you should attend your local A&E department.

 

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (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 previous trials.  

 

Is there any other way to obtain PrEP?

Individuals are able to acquire PrEP from other sources online. We recommend that you read the guide to PrEP available here. And visit the website iwantprepnow website. 

If you are planning to self-source PrEP we recommend that you make an appointment with the Sexual health team. Although we are unable to provide PrEP we can provide you with advice on how to use PrEP and the safety monitoring required.

Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has set up a 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. The THT Mags Portman PrEP Access Fund will provide PrEP for up to 1,000 people and will be open until the end of the Impact Trial or until PrEP is commissioned on the NHS, whichever comes first.

 Applicants need to be:

–              aged over 16 years

–              resident in England or Northern Ireland

–              clinically eligible for PrEP (see Impact trial eligibility below)

–              able to confirm HIV negative status and engagement with sexual health services

–              able to demonstrate the need for support by submitting documents showing that they have no income or are in receipt of benefits.

More information on the fund and how to apply can be found here.

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