PrEP Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

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What is PrEP?

HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a once-a-day medication for people who do not have HIV, to reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV. It is recommended that PrEP is taken every day to effectively reduce the risk.

How can I access PrEP?
PrEP can be prescribed by any GP. However, as this is a new treatment some GPs may be unfamiliar with it and reluctant to prescribe it.
Check with your health care provider that they can provide this service when you make an appointment and for your first visit we suggest booking a long appointment.
See PrEP Access Now to find a doctor. Our Other Health Services also lists various clinics in Melbourne which we know are familiar with prescribing PrEP.

Where can I buy the PrEP medication?
All retail pharmacies are able to dispense PrEP medication; however, some pharmacies may need to order the medication, which may take a few days. 

 

How much does PrEP medication cost?

PrEP is now listed on the Australia Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), this means that the cost of the medication is subsidised by Medicare and a standard co-payment is made at the time of purchase.

  • General patients will be charged $39.50 for 30-day supply.
  • Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card holders will pay a PBS co-payment of $6.40 for 30-days’ supply of PrEP
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PrEP at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
Melbourne Sexual Health Centre provides PrEP via 4 appointment only clinics per week. PrEP is not available through the walk in and wait service. The clinic is Medicare based, that is, you must have a Medicare card in order to access the PrEP service at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre. Appointments are often booked out 6-8 weeks in advance. Appointments for new clients are available in the clinic only occasionally.