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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?

Many people who exchange sex may look after their sexual health, but clients might not or circumstances may prevent you from doing so. People who exchange sex for payment may be at risk of acquiring HIV.

Your life or work circumstances might:

  • reduce your ability to control your number of sexual partners and to know their HIV status or viral load level,
  • reduce your ability to negotiate condom use with all of your partners, particularly casual partners or clients,
  • reduce your ability to control your environment during “out-calls” in unfamiliar surroundings, or if someone else has pre-negotiated arrangements for you.

This means it is important to be aware of the risk of HIV to you and consider PrEP. It could give you an extra option to be in control of your health and your environment.

Download the HIV PrEP for people who exchange sex for payment leaflet

A downloadable leaflet (PDF) to help people who exchange sex for payment 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.

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PrEP & Women

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Encompass Network

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