HIV Prescribing (S100, PrEP, PEP)
HIV prescribing - PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and is for HIV negative people taking an antiretroviral drug (one per day) to protect and prevent HIV infection.
PrEP is taken every day before potentially being exposed to HIV, similar to the contraceptive pill that prevents unplanned pregnancy.
Studies from around the world have proven that when PrEP is taken consistently and on a daily basis, it is highly effective at preventing HIV, even if your partner is HIV positive.
PrEP is available at our clinic for people who are at high risk of exposure to HIV. All our PrEP patients are health-conscious, fun-loving people who understand the risk of HIV transmission and the consequences.
PrEP is a long-term commitment and requires you to not only take the medication daily, but also have regular checkups.
HIV prescribing - Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
Though we certainly don’t encourage it, we do know that there are times when you don’t play as safe as you know you should. But if you act quickly, PEP could be your “get out of gaol” card.
PEP is a four-week course of HIV treatment that helps to prevent HIV infection.
It works by stopping the virus from replicating after a recent exposure. If PEP is started quickly, the HIV infected cells die before the virus establishes itself in the body.
If you believe that you may have been exposed to HIV (eg. condomless anal sex or condom breaking, sharing needles etc), you should start PEP as soon as possible (ideally within a few hours of the event if possible).
HIV S100 Prescribers
We are also S100 prescribers which means we can look after clients with established HIV infection and provide them with medication as well as ongoing holistic care for all aspects of their health.