Stay tuned PrEP is on the way in the ACT

The ACT Government announced, in August, that it will be supporting a PrEP trial for the ACT community. There will be 200 places offered on the trial and it is expected that enrolments will start early in the 2017

The lead agency in the ACT is Canberra Sexual Health Centre with significant support from ACT Health and NSW Health, the Kirby Institute, Interchange General Practice and the AIDS Action Council.

For more information or to add your name to the waiting list to find out more about the start of the trial please contact
Canberra Sexual Health Centre – 6244 2184
AIDS Action Council of the ACT – 6257 2855

PrEP is the use of antiretroviral drugs, taken by HIV negative people to prevent HIV infection. PrEP is an acronym that stands for pre exposure prophylaxis and is an exciting new tool that will play a vital role in our efforts to end HIV by 2020. Unlike post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) which is taken after a potential exposure to HIV, PrEP is taken on an ongoing basis to provide protection against HIV. Studies from around the world have shown that if PrEP is taken daily, it prevents HIV.

In May 2016, Truvada was approved by the TGA to be used for PrEP in Australia. This means doctors can now prescribe Truvada for PrEP. However, Truvada is not yet listed under Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) which means the costs associated with the drug are not subsidised, making it unaffordable for many people. In order for Truvada to be added to the PBS, a separate application needs to be submitted by the manufacturer of Truvada.

Truvada as PrEP has been proven extremely effective in reducing HIV transmission by studies performed around the world. If we’re to reach our goal of ending HIV by 2020, it’s imperative that we fully utilise any tools that are available, which is why the AIDS Action Council is actively advocating for Truvada’s listing in the PBS.

PrEP is recommended for people who are at high risk of getting HIV, including:

  • Men who have anal sex with other men and do not always use a condom.
  • Women with HIV positive partners and those wanting to have a baby.
  • Anyone with a partner who has HIV, but is not taking HIV medication, and don’t always use a condom.

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