PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV)

PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV)

PrEP is taking a tablet (TRUVADA) every day or on demand before and after sex to prevent you getting HIV.  


During the current Covid-19 crisis we have closed all walk-in clinics. We continue to offer a number of booked clinic services and access to these is via a telephone triage system (01273 523388) and assessment by a member of the clinic team.

For those already using our PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) service (who were on the Impact Trial), if you have an appointment for PrEP follow-up due within the coming weeks please attend as arranged. 

For those wanting to access PrEP for the first time or with symptoms/concerns, please call the above number for an initial phone assessment and all other necessary follow up and appointments will be arranged.

Please see this very useful resource about PrEP use in the time of Covid-19

-PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a tablet that greatly reduces the risk of becoming infected with HIV when taken correctly.

-PrEP is recommended for: men who have sex with men (MSM); trans, non-binary and gender diverse groups; people (including women) who buy or sell sex; people sharing injecting equipment; people who identify as BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) and other groups at increased risk of acquiring HIV.

-PrEP is now available free via the NHS.

-Once in the body, PrEP blocks the HIV virus from causing an infection.

-PrEP is safe and almost 100% effective.

-People using PrEP should be HIV negative and Hepatitis B vaccinated before starting.

-PrEP can either be taken daily (for people having vaginal and anal sex) or on demand (PrEP tablets taken before; during; and for 2 days after any episodes of unprotected anal sex).

-PrEP won’t protect you from other STIs, so three monthly STI screening is important.

-Yearly monitoring of kidney function (or every 3 months in those older than 40/or with other health conditions) is recommended.

PrEP is accessible through all of our SHAC services:

Clinic M

Clinic T

Generic  SHAC clinics

Walk-in and-Wait Young Persons Clinic

For more information please call: 01273 523388.