PrEP on the NHS
At the moment, PrEP is not available on the NHS.
However, NHS England has announced an extended trial of PrEP for 10,000 people over the next 3 years.
Unity Sexual Health will have two pilot sites- Unity@Central in Bristol 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 cheaper, generic versions of Truvada (called Recovir-EM or Tenvir-EM) 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, and you buy no more then three months supply at once .
Some UK sexual health clinics have been undertaking 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 so far, 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 it’s important that you talk to a health adviser 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.