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Emtricitabine/Tenofovir (Generic Truvada) PrEP Treatment

PrEP, otherwise known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a preventative drug used to protect against HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). It contains the active ingredients emtricitabine and tenofovir which belong to a group of medicines known as antiretrovirals. Although there’s no cure for HIV, antiretroviral drugs are used to prevent the spread of the virus and prevent further damage to the immune system. You can reduce your risk of contracting the virus by taking PrEP daily if you’re at a high risk of contracting the virus, for instance if your partner is HIV positive. PrEP is available for those who are HIV negative as it’s used as a preventative measure. PrEP is highly effective, in fact it’s over 90% effective at preventing HIV that is spread through unprotected sex, and around 70% at preventing HIV through other ways such as sharing needles. These figures increase when PrEP is used in conjunction with other preventative methods such as wearing condoms.

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Last PIL Review Date: 14/06/2019

PrEP Patient Information Leaflet

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PrEP, otherwise known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a preventative drug used to protect against HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). It contains the active ingredients emtricitabine and tenofovir which belong to a group of medicines known as antiretrovirals. Although there’s no cure for HIV, antiretroviral drugs are used to prevent the spread of the virus and prevent further damage to the immune system. You can reduce your risk of contracting the virus by taking PrEP daily if you’re at a high risk of contracting the virus, for instance if your partner is HIV positive. PrEP is available for those who are HIV negative as it’s used as a preventative measure. PrEP is highly effective, in fact it’s over 90% effective at preventing HIV that is spread through unprotected sex, and around 70% at preventing HIV through other ways such as sharing needles. These figures increase when PrEP is used in conjunction with other preventative methods such as wearing condoms.

Please note: Brand received may vary

Prices starts from £64.99 for 30 tablets.

Last PIL Review Date: 14/06/2019

PrEP Patient Information Leaflet

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How does PrEP work?

PrEP is a tablet which contains antiretroviral medicines. Emtricitabine and tenofovir stop the virus from replicating in the body by stopping the enzyme which is essential to the reproduction of the virus from functioning normally. HIV is spread through some bodily fluids such as blood, breast milk, semen, vaginal and anal fluids, and once it enters the bloodstream the virus attacks certain types of white blood cells which have an important role in the immune system and fighting infections. PrEP essentially stops the reproduction of the virus, protects the immune system, and prevents infections that would develop if a person was infected with HIV that wasn’t being treated.

Can PrEP completely cure HIV?

Currently there is no cure for HIV but antiretroviral drugs can significantly reduce your chances of becoming infected, or if you already have HIV these drugs can lower your viral load which is the amount of virus that is in your body. PrEP itself cannot cure HIV but it can prevent it if used correctly. If you have HIV or think you may have HIV you should visit your doctor or nearest sexual health clinic as soon as possible to get tested and to receive treatment straight away if your results are positive.

Who is suitable to take PrEP?

PrEP should only be taken by those who are HIV negative, those who are HIV positive will be prescribed other antiretroviral drugs, or if you suspect that you’ve been exposed to the virus you may be given emergency medication known as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). This medication is suitable for people who are HIV negative but are at a high risk of becoming infected with the virus, these include those who have a partner with HIV and are likely to contract the virus through sexual intercourse, this includes vaginal, anal, and oral sex, as well as sharing sex toys. If you share needles or are having sex with someone who shares needles this puts you at a high risk. Other high risk factors include having another sexually transmitted infection, or if you’ve received a blood transfusion particularly in developing countries such as Africa. If you’re in a high risk group you will be suitable for PrEP.

Is there anyone who is not suitable to take PrEP?

When you take any medication a health professional will need to determine whether it is suitable for you to take and ensure that it won’t affect your health negatively. Any other medication you’re taking will also need to be taken into consideration to ensure no interactions between the drugs. This can all be discussed with a doctor or nurse when you attend a sexual health clinic or GP surgery for testing as those who are HIV positive are unsuitable for PrEP, you’ll need to ensure that you don’t have the virus before taking PrEP.

Why should you take PrEP?

In recent years there have been advanced developments in the treatment of HIV, PrEP is one of these revolutionary preventative methods that can reduce your risk of contracting the virus by more than 90%. If you’re at a very high risk for HIV, PrEP is one way of protecting yourself and significantly reducing your chances of becoming infected. Although HIV is very treatable now and many HIV positive people live normal healthy lives, prevention is always better than cure.

How to take PrEP

It’s important that you take PrEP safely and how it is prescribed to you to ensure it is effective. There is more than one way to take PrEP, how you take it depends on your lifestyle, for instance how regularly you have sex. PrEP may be taken daily (one tablet a day) which is a suitable option for those who have regular vaginal or anal sex, and taking it daily provides the most protection.

PrEP may also be taken on demand, however, on demand dosing takes planning, it’s only suitable for anal sex, and it does not provide as much protection as daily dosing. Speak to your doctor or nurse about on demand dosing to ensure you know exactly when to take the tablets to ensure you’re protected. You can discuss ways of taking PrEP and which method suits you.

The good thing about PrEP is that it may not need to be taken long term, if you’re lifestyle changes so may your use of PrEP. Taking PrEP daily is the most effective way of protecting yourself, as well as using other methods such as condoms, you may take PrEP daily for as long as you’re at a high risk.

Are there any side effects of PrEP?

All medicines have side effects, but not everyone experiences them. There are some side effects of PrEP, but generally those taking this medicine don’t have any side effects. Those that do experience side effects have reported:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Feeling Weak
  • Stomach pain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Disturbed sleep/strange dreams

If you experience any of the above side effects or any others that are not listed here speak to your doctor or nurse as soon as possible.

How quickly are you protected after taking PrEP?

PrEP takes effect around 7 days of taking it daily, you won’t be protected straight away so it’s important you use other barrier methods such as condoms to ensure you’re protected. To reach maximum protection levels take PrEP daily.

Where can PrEP be accessed?

In the UK PrEP can be accessed in various ways. In Scotland and Northern Ireland PrEP is free on the NHS, you can visit any sexual health clinic where you will be prescribed this medication if you’re considered to be at risk of contracting HIV. Wales also offer PrEP free as part of a trial, there is no cap on the number of participants for this trial.

England, however, do not yet offer PrEP on the NHS unless you’re eligible for the NHS Impact Trial which is currently capped at 13,000 participants. If you’re not able to get a place on this trial the other alternative is to buy it online. It’s important that this is done safely to avoid dangerous, counterfeit drugs by buying the medicine from a reputable and regulated doctor service such as iMeds UK. We’re proud supporters of PrEP and want to make this medicine more easily accessible. We guarantee the safety of the PrEP we prescribe and can ensure your full confidentiality when ordering your prescription with us.

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

Dosage instructions
Take ONE tablet daily as preventative for HIV risk. This should not be used as a substitute for safe sex practice. Should be used in conjunction with barrier methods