PrEP on the NHS
PrEP is going to be funded as a free NHS treatment (see this announcement on 15th March 2020). We, at Unity Sexual Health, welcome this and will be implementing a full PrEP service in due course. Currently, for further information or to express interest in accessing PrEP please follow the links below to the PrEP Impact trial which is still ongoing at 3 Unity sites.
NHS England has had a trial of PrEP for over 20,000 people, which is still running and recruiting until July 2020.
Unity Sexual Health will have three sites- Unity@Central in Bristol, Unity@Concord in South Gloucestershire and Unity@WISH in Weston-Super-Mare.
See our page PrEP Impact trial for more information.
Buying generic PrEP online
Some people are also buying generic versions of Tenofovir/Emtricitabine from online pharmacies. If you live in the UK it is legal to buy and import PrEP as long as it is for personal use only, and you buy no more then 3 months’ supply at once .
Some UK sexual health clinics have undertaken drug level testing on people who have been ordering generic PrEP online to check the validity of the drugs. Reports indicate that good levels of active drug have been reported, with it being recommended that people stick to ordering types of generic PrEP which are listed on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Iwantprepnow lists current sources of online generic PrEP which has been previously validated by drug level testing from these sexual health clinics.
If you’re thinking about getting PrEP from outside the NHS England Impact trial, it’s important that you talk to a sexual health adviser, doctor or nurse, such as those at Unity. We will be able to support you to use the treatment safely and provide necessary tests before starting PrEP (such as a HIV test and kidney function test), and help with STI screens and monitoring.