Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP refers to the use of HIV medication by people who are HIV-negative in order to reduce their risk of HIV infection.
When taken on a daily basis, PrEP ensures there is enough HIV medication in the body to significantly reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV if exposed during unprotected sex.
The HIV medication used is called Truvada and it contains two antiviral medicines, Tenofovir and Emtricitabine, which are also used to treat people who already have HIV infection. These are the same drugs used to suppress the virus in people living with HIV.
For more information about using PrEP to prevent HIV, including how to access PrEP in New Zealand, please visit our Ending HIV website.
PrEP information for patients booklet
Advocating for PrEP in New Zealand
NZAF is committed to advocating for PrEP to be made available to those at highest risk of HIV in New Zealand. Our advocacy efforts to date and work in progress include:
- Advocating for inclusion of PrEP in the Ministry of Health Sexual and Reproductive Health Action Plan;
- In collaboration with Auckland Regional Sexual Health Service, University of Auckland School of Population Health and Body Positive, developing the NZPrEP study in Auckland;
- Collaborating with the New Zealand Sexual Health Society, Medical Protection Society, clinicians, lawyers and community stakeholders to develop a document that provides medicolegal safety for all concerned parties relating to the prescribing and importation of generic medicines for use as PrEP;
- Advocating for PrEP training that will increase the number of GPs and other clinicians able to discuss PrEP with patients.
- Commissioning research to measure how many gay and bisexual men in New Zealand would be interested in using PrEP and seeking funding to combine this with existing data to model what impact PrEP could have on reducing rates of HIV infection. This would be used to develop a business case that shows how funding PrEP can deliver long-term savings to the health system.
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