You may have seen a lot in the media recently about PrEP and the NHS PrEP Impact Trial. It’s being described by some as a ‘game changer’ in terms of HIV prevention.
What is PrEP? - PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a way of preventing HIV infection, by taking a pill on an ongoing basis before sex. PrEP is intended to be taken by someone who doesn’t have HIV, to prevent them from getting HIV. PrEP is an antiretroviral drug. Antiretroviral drugs are used by people living with HIV to treat and control the condition.
Various studies have found that PrEP, when taken correctly and consistently alongside regular use of condoms, can be highly effective in preventing HIV.
PrEP is not yet approved for use by the NHS in England, but many people have been buying it privately.
Many other countries already allow PrEP use, meaning that clinicians can prescribe it - this list includes Scotland, which recently approved its use.
The PrEP Impact Trial in England should shortly be starting. It will make a limited supply of PrEP available to those taking part.
Birmingham LGBT, supported by Umbrella, provide a doctor-led PrEP advice clinic twice monthly. The clinic provides people with the opportunity to obtain information about taking PrEP correctly, and also to access important tests in order to monitor their health if they’re already taking PrEP.
Find out more about the clinics at www.blgbt.org/sexual-health
There’s currently a lot of interest and debate around PrEP, so Birmingham LGBT has teamed up with PrEP activists PrEPster to host an event which may answer some of the more frequently asked questions.
Join PrEPster and Birmingham LGBT/Umbrella for the Birmingham launch of PrEP17.
A film will be followed by an interactive question-and-answer panel discussion involving activists, PrEP users and clinicians.
The event is free and takes place on Wednesday 30 August, from 7pm until 9.30pm at Birmingham’s Eden Bar. If you wish to attend, a ticket reservation via Eventbrite is required.
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