Are you PrEP’ared?
PrEP, (pre-exposure prophalaxis) is a medication that prevents the transmission of HIV from a person who is HIV positive to a person who is HIV negative. It is often used in relationships where one partner is HIV positive and the other is not, or by people who have regular unprotected sex and want to avoid HIV.
Got a medicare card?
If you are an Australian resident with a current Medicare card you can access PrEP through the PBS at a subsidised cost. This means any doctor or general practitioner can write a script for PrEP that you can take to any pharmacy for collection. Keep in mind you may have to pay for your doctor’s visit if it’s not a bulk billing service.
Don't have a medicare card?
Different options are available including importing these from overseas.
For more information about accessing PrEP online visit PAN.
You may also be eligible to participate in MI-EPIC.
MI-EPIC is a study that allows HIV negative overseas-born people who are Medicare-ineligible and at risk of HIV to receive free HIV prevention medication. The study will provide participants with up to 12 months of free daily PrEP. The study is open to people who meet the eligibility criteria and are available to attend regular check-ups.
For more information, go to epic-nswstudy.org.au. Here you will also find contact details for participating clinics in Sydney and across NSW, and instructions on how to make an appointment with a doctor.
You can also call ACON on (02) 9206 2000 or the NSW PrEP Infoline on 1800 451 624 or go to here for information on other options for accessing PrEP.
Worried you have been exposed to HIV?
PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is a medication you can take within the first 72 hours after having unprotected sex if you think you have been exposed to HIV. It is effective at preventing the transmission of HIV. More information about PEP.