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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 right sexual health choice for you.

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

What else do you need to know?

Does using drugs prevent me from accessing PrEP?
HIV PrEP is available in Scotland for the prevention of the sexual transmission of HIV.  Using drugs does not prevent you from accessing HIV PrEP to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.

Does PrEP prevent HIV transmission from sharing injecting equipment?
PrEP has not been evidenced (or not been licenced in Scotland) to protect against the transmission of HIV from sharing injecting equipment.  Using PrEP alongside sterile injecting equipment which is never shared or reused will help protect you from transmission of HIV.  Using female condom or condoms with lube when having sex will help protect against HIV as well as other STIs and pregnancy.

Download the HIV PrEP for people who inject drugs leaflet

A downloadable leaflet (PDF) to help people who inject drugs 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.

Scottish Drugs Forum

Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is Scotland’s national resource of expertise on drugs and related issues.

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