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What is PrEP?

HIV PrEP is a medicine that stops you getting HIV. HIV is a virus that affects your immune system if left untreated. The most common way to get HIV in the UK is through unprotected anal, vaginal or frontal sex*.

Our About PrEP page covers all the information you need to help you decide if HIV PrEP is the right sexual health choice for you.

*frontal sex is an alternatve term for vaginal sex used by some trans and non-binary people.

What else do you need to know?

HIV PrEP only protects you from the sexual transmission of HIV. PrEP does not protect you from other sexually transmitted infections. If you use HIV PrEP without condoms and lubricant you are at risk of other sexually transmitted infections like syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia.

You should always feel in control of the sex you have and the method you choose to look after your sexual health. You should never feel pressured into not using condoms if that is your preference.

Download the HIV PrEP for gay and bisexual men, and men who have sex with men leaflet

A downloadable leaflet (PDF) to help gay and bisexual men, and men who have sex with men, decide if HIV PrEP is right for them. It describes what HIV PrEP is, how you can access it, how it’s taken and how it supports sexual health.

Terrence Higgins Trust

Our peer-led support serviceĀ for people in Scotland living with HIV and/or hepatitis C.

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SX

The SX project provides health and wellbeing information, advice and support for men who have sex with men.

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