From Monday 10th
July, Scotland was the first of the UK nations to provide PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis)
on the NHS to prevent HIV. PrEP is now available from every NHS board across the country, provided by specialist sexual health services or, in the Island Boards, through locally agreed arrangements.
PrEP is medication for people who are HIV negative to take before sex to reduce the chance of becoming infected with HIV. PrEP if taken consistently can significantly lower the risk of becoming infected with HIV (studies have shown up to a 92 percent reduction in risk). However, because the tablet offers less than 100 percent protection it is important to continue using condoms which can also protect against getting other sexually transmitted infections. If you are HIV negative but have a high risk of being exposed, you should consider taking PrEP. This would include men who have sex with men or transgender women who have had anal sex without a condom or have been diagnosed with a rectal sexually transmitted infection in the past six months.
For more information on eligibility, what taking PrEP involves and how it works, please visit www.prep.scot
For local information on PrEP and how to access it, please click here.