PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) is a course of HIV drugs taken by HIV negative people before sex to reduce the chance of getting HIV.
Results in trials have been very successful, with PrEP significantly lowering the risk of becoming HIV positive and without major side effects.
The medication used for PrEP is a tablet called Truvada, which contains tenofovir and emtricitabine (which are drugs commonly used to treat HIV).
PrEP is not yet available from the NHS. A 3 year clinical trial called the PrEP Impact Trial is now commencing in the UK, which will involve at least 10,000 participants and will answer key questions on the extent of need, uptake and duration of the use of PrEP in the setting of Sexual Health Clinics across the country.
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