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. See our PrEP Fact Sheet for more detailed information. 

PrEP at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre 

  • PrEP is not available via the walk in and wait service 
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre runs 4 appointment-only PrEP clinics each week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only). Due to high demand, we are not taking on any new PREP clients at this time.
Where else can I access PrEP? 

Go to www.pan.org.au  or www.prepdforchange.com  to find a doctor who can prescribe PrEP near you. 
PrEP can be prescribed by any General Practitioner Doctor.
Check that your doctor is trained in prescribing PREP when you make an appointment. For your first visit, ask for long appointment.

I don’t have a Medicare card and I want to get on PREP 

If you do not have a Medicare card and you want to access PREP go to www.pan.org.au   or www.prepdforchange.com  to 

  • find a doctor who can write you a script for PREP and complete the recommended health check-up 
  • help you find an online source to purchase the PREP medication Costs will apply. 
Where can I buy the PrEP medication? 

All retail pharmacies are able to dispense PrEP medication. 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 supported by Medicare. 

  • 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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