PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis involves HIV negative people taking Truvada (a drug currently used to treat people with HIV) as a method of helping to prevent HIV infection. Recent research has shown that if taken correctly, Truvada is highly effective at preventing HIV infection.
Unfortunately, the cost of PrEP medicines is not currently covered by the NHS. However we can provide free advice, monitoring and drug level testing in any of our routine sexual health appointments. You can also buy Truvada direct from our dedicated Saturday PrEP clinic.
‘Generic’ PrEP (e.g. Tenvir-EM) is also available online more cheaply. Click the buttons below for more information about PrEP.
PrEP is short for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It’s a pill that is proven to help protect people from catching HIV. The same medicine has been used for many years to treat people with HIV. The treatment needs to be started before sex. Studies have looked at 2 different ways to take PrEP. Both have been shown to reduce the risk of catching HIV by at least 86%.1,2
PrEP contains 2 drugs – tenofovir and emtricitabine. In Europe the pill’s brand name is Truvada. In other parts of the world ‘generic’ versions are available (e.g. Tenvir-EM).
The NHS doesn’t currently provide free PrEP. However, you can buy it from our special PrEP clinic at NHS list price. It is also legal to buy PrEP more cheaply online. Either way we’re here to provide advice and safety monitoring free of charge.
For more detailed information about PrEP, there’s a really helpful leaflet on the ‘i-Base’ website. http://i-base.info/uk-guide-to-prep/
Consider PrEP, if you are HIV negative and at high risk of catching it.
You have an HIV positive partner who is not on treatment.
Our advice around PrEP is based on the results of 2 European studies. The 2 studies looked at different ways of taking the treatment. Both of the studies showed an 86% reduction in catching HIV.
PROUD Study 1 – People took a Truvada pill every day. No one taking the Truvada correctly caught HIV in this study.
IPERGAY Study 2 – Take 2 Truvada pills between 2-24 hours BEFORE sex. Then take one Truvada pill every day until 2 days have passed after the last condomless sex. This regimen is not recommended for vaginal sex.
We can help you choose the right treatment plan and give more detailed advice. You may also find this leaflet on the ‘i-Base’ website helpful. http://i-base.info/uk-guide-to-prep/
Our Saturday PrEP Clinic
You’ll need to phone to book an appointment in our dedicated Saturday PrEP Clinic. Call our appointments line on 020 3315 6699 (Mon-Fri). Thirty tablets of branded Truvada cost £400. You can pay cash or card (VISA/Mastercard only).
Your first visit
The team will help you choose which treatment plan to follow. We’ll check your medical history and run kidney, Hepatitis B and HIV blood tests. We can arrange a sexual health screen at our Dean Street Express clinic. We’ll dispense 30 tablets at the first visit.
Follow up visits
We’ll make sure everything is going OK. We’ll check a sample of your urine and run an HIV test. We can arrange a sexual health screen at our Dean Street Express clinic. Once a year we’ll run a blood test to check your kidneys. If you decide to continue we can sell you up to 4 month’s supply each visit.
56 Dean Street PrEP Clinic
3rd floor, 56 Dean Street
London W1D 6AQ.
Got a question? Email us. email@example.com
It is legal to buy ‘generic’ PrEP on line for your own use. (e.g. Tenvir–EM). Thirty tablets of branded Tenvir-EM typically cost between £35-45. It’s important to buy a pill that contains both tenofovir and emtricitabine.
Thinking about starting PrEP?
We can provide advice before you start. Book any routine appointment at 56 Dean Street. We can help you choose which treatment plan to follow. It’s important we check your medical history and run kidney, Hepatitis B and HIV blood tests. We’ll do a sexual health screen.
If you’re already taking PrEP.
It’s important to have regular monitoring. Book a routine appointment at 56 Dean Street. Every 3 months we’ll recommend a urine test to check your kidneys and a sexual health screen including an HIV test. Once a year we’ll run a blood test to check your kidneys
In the past we have tested the blood of people getting PrEP from the websites below.
Don’t forget you can get your PrEP drug levels checked for free at 56 Dean Street.
Price for 30 tablets: £45.79
Number of samples tested: 29
Price for 30 tablets: £37.53
Number of samples tested: 13
Price for 30 tablets: £59.00
Number of samples tested: 2
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Worried that the drugs you’ve bought aren’t the real thing?
We can run a blood test to check the correct drugs are present in your body. You need to have taken a pill in the 24 hours before the test. We can only offer this service because of a charitable grant from the ‘St Stephen’s AIDS Trust’. Please consider making a £30 donation to them at www.ssat.org.uk