London sexual health clinics step up their support for people buying PrEP online

nam/aidsmap, 29 January 2016

Several large sexual health clinics in London and Brighton have responded to the growing numbers of people importing PrEP medications from overseas by offering free safety monitoring to PrEP users. This is in a context of increasing frustration with the slowness of the official NHS process to approve PrEP – no decision will be made until June at the earliest.

  • Read more here
  • See the Getting Your PrEP Online support page from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital here
  • See UK PrEP advoacy pages here and here
  • See an Australian PrEP advoacy page here

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Ipergay PrEP study results published

NAM , 02 December 2015

The results from the Ipergay study of intermittent pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) were published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on 1 December, World AIDS Day. The journal-published results are little changed from those presented at the CROI conference last February by principal investigator Jean-Michel Molina, but the researchers make a number of additional comments and are notably cautious about not over-interpreting a study that only had 400 participants – very small for a prevention study – and an average of nine months’ follow-up.

It is the first, and so far only. randomised study to show that PrEP can be just as effective if it is given as an intermittent regimen that users only take when anticipating sex, rather than daily.

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PrEP Is Safe for People With Hepatitis B

AIDSMEDS, August 17, 2015

People with hepatitis B virus (HBV) can safely take Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), as it does not lead to liver inflammation “flares” or other health problems when it is used or discontinued.

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PrEP fact sheet released to raise awareness on HIV prevention method

Star Observer, March 30, 2015

LIVING Positive Victoria has released a new fact-sheet on pre-exposure prophalyxis, commonly known as PrEP, which highlights its development in in Australia and aims to raise awareness of it a HIV prevention method.

  • Read more here
  • Downland factsheet (PDF) here