What is PrEP?
PrEP means Pre-exposure Prophylaxis. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an HIV prevention strategy where HIV-negative individuals take anti-HIV medications before coming into contact with HIV to reduce their risk of becoming infected. The medications work to prevent HIV from establishing infection inside the body.
How does PrEP work?
PrEP protects the user from HIV. PrEP use can block HIV replication from occurring and prevent HIV from establishing infection in the body.
How do you use PrEP?
For men who have sex with men: you can use PrEP according to two dosing regimens: one daily pill, or around the time of sexual activity (“event-driven”). This event-driven PrEP regimen entails the use of two tablets at a maximum of 24 and minimum of two hours before sex, followed by one tablet 24 hours and one 48 hours later. If you use the tablets according to the schedule, both dosing regimens prevent HIV infection effectively. An exception are trans men who have sex using their vagina: they will need to take PrEP daily, otherwise the protection will be insufficient.
PrEP is not the right fit for everyone. Only the group of people with an increased risk of contracting HIV are qualified. In the Netherlands this group mainly consists of men who have sex with men with additional risk factors for HIV infection. Only people who are HIV-negative (those who do not have HIV) can use PrEP. Sometimes the use of PrEP is also not permitted if you have certain diseases.
If you have any questions about PrEP or you need a prescription please contact P&G292.