PrEP is a pill that can stop the person taking it from getting HIV

HIV PrEP is provided free of charge by sexual health services in NHS Scotland.

Where to get PrEP

PrEP bottle and pill

PrEP is extremely effective at preventing HIV with few side effects

The most common route of transmission for HIV is through unprotected anal and vaginal or frontal sex.

Who should take PrEP

Gay couple kissing

HIV PrEP contain two drugs in a single tablet

These drugs have been used in HIV care for many years and if taken correctly, it is highly effective at stopping HIV being passed on.

About PrEP

Black African women and men

PrEP is used by people who are more at risk of getting HIV. This includes heterosexual men and women from Black African communities.

Gay, Bisexual men and men who have sex with men

PrEP is used by people who are more at risk of getting HIV. This includes gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men.

People who inject drugs

PrEP is used by people who are more at risk of getting HIV. This includes people who inject drugs.

One partner is HIV positive, the other is negative

If you have unprotected sex with more than one sexual partner and don’t know their status.

People who exchange sex for payment

PrEP could give you an extra option to be in control of your health and your environment.

Trans and non-binary people

Unprotected penetrative anal sex or unprotected penetrative vaginal or frontal sex, whether as the active or passive partner, are at an increased risk of HIV.

HIV is a virus that affects your immune system if left untreated

HIV PrEP tablets can be taken every day or can be taken in the days before and after sex, depending on what type of sex you have and how often.

About PrEP