Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is for HIV-negative people who may be at risk of HIV. Many factors can impact on your own personal level of risk. Factors to consider whether PrEP may be right for you include:
- Whether and how often you use condoms;
- Whether you know the HIV status of your sexual partners;
- Whether your HIV-positive partners are undetectable;
- Whether you are having sex with casual partners;
- The types of sex you have (anal, vaginal, oral, front hole etc);
- Whether you inject drugs, or use methamphetamines during sex.
It is important to understand what is involved in taking PrEP and to make sure that you are able to take the medication as prescribed. Your individual circumstances and your risk of being exposed to HIV should all play a role in deciding whether PrEP is right for you.
If you decide to take PrEP this does not mean that you are committed to taking it for the rest of your life. PrEP can be stopped at any time, and if you decide to stop using it then you should speak with your doctor about the right way to do so.