What is Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)?
PrEP is a pill that protects you from HIV. It is a course of tablets that you take before and after sex. These tablets cab be taken as daily basis (daily regimen) or as required (event driven).
How PrEP works
PrEP with a combination of two anti-HIV (antiretroviral) drugs (Tenofovir DF and emtricitabine) has been shown to be highly effective in preventing HIV infection if taken correctly.
If HIV gets inside the cells of the body due to unprotected sex, etc., it takes about 72 hours to spread to the whole body and establish an infection. This can be prevented if these medicines that stop HIV reproduction are present in the body at this time.
In the case of PrEP, medicines are present before sex and continue throughout the risk period.
Currently NSACP is providing PrEP to selected higher risk members of men who have sex with men and transgender-women communities.
Who needs PrEP?
Your eligibility for PrEP will be carefully assessed by our doctors.
Some examples of important criteria:
- Being a member of men who have sex with men(MSM) or transgender women community
- Unprotected (condomless) anal sex with a casual male partner over the last 3 months
- History of sexually transmitted infections during the last 6 months
- Using psycho-actives drugs during sexual intercourse
- Having an HIV-infected sexual partner with a detectable plasma viral load
You will be offered following tests free of charge
- HIV test Rapid and Eliza tests
- Kidney function: test for protein in urine/UFR
- Kidney function: test for creatinine and eGFR in blood
- Hepatitis B and C: blood tests
- Sexually transmitted infections
- GC culture from APU
- CT PCR from AP and Urine .
- Tests for Syphilis.