Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

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Use of certain HIV antiretroviral drugs that may lower the overall risk of acquiring HIV, if condoms are not used. PrEP is taken by the HIV-negative sex-partner before and after non-condom sex, and may provide increased protection against getting HIV. PrEP is currently unapproved in Australia, although it is currently available in Australian clinical trials. If you are interested in PrEP you are best advised to speak to a sexual health or HIV doctor whether PrEP is right for you and whether you can obtain it by entering a trial or other means (such as ordering it online as cheaper generic medicine with a prescription). Overseas research and experiences, where PrEP is approved and available, suggest it may offer a significant level of increased protection against acquiring HIV. However, condoms offer the greatest protection against HIV. More information about PrEP is available here: