PrEP and PEP drugs for HIV prevention

PrEP: What is it?

* A preventative drug for HIV-negative people to take before coming into contact with HIV to reduce their risk of HIV infection. It is currently being offered to “at-risk” groups including gay men, sex workers and those who have transitioned gender.

PrEP: Where can I get it?

* The drug is currently being offered at NHS gender clinics and sexual health clinics, but you can also go and speak to your GP about it. It is given in the form of an oral pill which you take once a day. To locate your local clinic or HIV-related service click here.

Must- know information about PrEP:

* Because PrEP is a preventative drug, a strategy to prevent HIV before coming into contact with it, it means that you will still need to use condoms even if you are using the drug, PrEP is not a cure and can’t always prevent infection. See the PrEP fact-sheet here.


PEP: What is it?

* This is a drug for HIV-negative people who think they may have slept with someone who is HIV positive. It needs to be taken within 48 hours of you being possibly infected. You have to take the drug for 28 days at the same time every day for the most effective prevention.

PEP: Where can I get it?

* If you think you have been infected it’s important to either: visit your local sexual health clinic immediately, click here to locate your local clinic or local HIV-related service. 2- If your local clinic is closed you can get the drug from Accident and Emergency services at hospitals. 3- Or you can visit your local GP immediately.

Must-know information about PEP:

* Similarly to PrEP, PEP is not a cure for HIV, it may prevent HIV from entering cells in the body and stop you from getting HIV. It is not 100% guaranteed to prevent you from getting HIV but risk of infection is low. * See the PEP fact-sheet here.


Visit the Terrance Higgins Trust website for more information here.