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PrEP is best used as a daily pill
You have to be committed to taking pill each day.
It’s not forever, PrEP is an ‘opt in’ treatment.
Your circumstances and situation might change and you might find that for whatever reason you no longer need or want PrEP. It's always your choice. As our lives and lifestyles change so do our methods and options of sexual protection
Before starting PrEP you need to get a HIV test and must return a negative result 4 weeks after your last 'risky situation'. You should test again every 3 months or so after this.
It’s very important to be 100% sure you are HIV negative before taking PrEP, otherwise you might create a few drug resistance issues.
You need to keep getting tested regularly for HIV every 3 months, and keep an eye on your kidney function.
You shouldn’t have any problems with these but you can easily get tested at your local sexual health clinic to make sure you're not having any unexpected reactions. It’s also a great idea to do all your other STI tests whilst you’re at the clinic.
Drug resistance is when the HIV in your body developing a drug resistance, not your body developing a resistance to the PrEP medication. It happens only if you actually have HIV in your system (i.e. HIV positive). That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re negative. If you are negative and taking PrEP, as long as you stay negative, you will not have any drug resistance issues to worry about. Your body does not ‘get used to the PrEP’ and stop protecting you from HIV, which is a common confusion that people have.
Watch this full video to understand what is PrEP and what effects will you have. Once you are done, you can continue with order process.
The UK and Australia allow anyone to import a 'personal amount' of pharmaceutical drugs, with a personal amount being specified as up to 3 months worth. We have been advised that UK Customs officers are not interested in stopping shipments of pharmaceutical drugs (that are within the law) for investigation, and they do not add customs charges.
Various websites on the internet sell generic versions of Truvada (PrEP) for a greatly reduced price (around 85% less) compared to official branded Truvada pills (produced and sold by Gilead Sciences Inc.), and they may or may not ask you to upload a prescription depending on which country they are based in.
As generic HIV meds are widely used globally, the approval process for generic manufacturers makes it important to check that the online supplier is selling versions that are approved by either the US FDA or the WHO, you can also check approved medications on http://www.mims.com/ which is the monthly.
This includes versions of tenofovir/FTC manufactured by the following companies: Cipla, Hetero, Mylan and Thai GPO. Generic tenofovir/emtricitabine for PrEP currently costs from approximately $50-100 for 30 tablets depending on the online supplier, plus delivery costs.