PrEP stands for ‘Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis’. PrEP is a daily medication for people who do not have HIV to protect themselves from getting HIV.

PrEP provides extra reassurance to people living with HIV, that our HIV-negative partners, friends, lovers, and fuck buddies are protected from HIV. It can help reduce the anxiety and fear of transmitting HIV, and help reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the community.

PrEP does not provide any protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis and hepatitis C. Using condoms still provides the best protection against these infections.


Where can I get PrEP?

You can get PrEP in two ways:

Accessing PrEP via EPIC-NSW

The EPIC-NSW study is only for people at high risk of getting HIV (gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, and heterosexual people with an HIV positive partner who does not have an undetectable viral load). This means that a doctor or nurse will ask you questions about your sexual life to see if you are eligible to be in the study.

  • For more information visit the EPIC-NSW website, or
  • Call 1800 451 624

Accessing PrEP via Personal Importation

If you and your doctor decide that PrEP is the best option for you, then you can purchase and import the generic version of PrEP (Truvada), from a reputable online source with a valid Australian-issued prescription from an Australian S100 prescriber (specialist HIV doctor).

Australia’s personal importation scheme allows you to import most medicines for your personal use. The medicines are only to be used by you and must not be given to any other person. You can import a maximum of a three month supply at a time. There are a number of conditions you must comply with. Click here for more information.

Online purchases of medicines must be approached with caution. You need to ensure that the website is legitimate and offers safe and reliable medication; otherwise there are risks that it is past the use-by date or not manufactured to appropriate standards.

The Prep Access Now website has links to safe websites that offer PrEP medication along with instructions on how to get PrEP


More Information about PrEP

PrEP Access Options – Positive Life & ACON

EPIC-NSW PrEP Factsheets are available for download in 8 different languages


More Information about PrEP for Clinicians

ASHM – Australian National PrEP Guidelines

ASHM – PrEP resources for clinicians

ASHM – Position Statement on PrEP