PrEP on the NHS
At the moment, PrEP is not available on the NHS in England. However, NHS England has atrial of PrEP for over 20,000 people until October 2020.
In February 2020, we are awaiting an announcement regarding the future provision of PrEP.
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 cheaper, 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 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 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.