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WHAT IS PrEP?

Pre-Expsosure Prophylaxis - worldly referred to as PrEP - is a pill which prevents the acquisition of HIV in 99% of the cases.  The drugs in the pill (Tenofovir and Emtricitabine) are the same two drugs which can make part of Antiretroviral regimen (ARV)– the treatment prescribed for HIV - in other words, the combination of two drugs used in ARV have clinically be proven to be effective to prevent the same condition they treat, HIV

WHO IS IT FOR?


PrEP is for HIV negative people at a high risk of acquiring HIV. It is safe to be used by men, women, trans people, and injecting drug users (IDUs). What it boils down to is the risky practices one engages into; nothing to do with sexual orientation.  


HOW TO TAKE PrEP?

There is more than a single regimen, allowing each individual to choose one which fits their lifestyle and sexual practices best.

 

Daily -

1 pill - 7 days a week

(suitable for both anal and vaginal sex)

Event based dosing / On Demand PrEP -  

2 pills - 24hours before sex

1 pill - 24 hours later

1 pill - 24hours later 

(not suitable for vaginal sex)

 

Ts & Ss 

(Tuesdays & Saturdays)

4 Pills a week

1 pill  – 7 days

1 pill thereon - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

(not suitable for vaginal sex)

Holiday PrEP

1 pill daily – 7 days before 7-day holiday

1 pill daily – 7-day holiday period 

1 pill daily – 7 days after a 7-day holiday   

(suitable for both anal and vaginal sex)

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WHERE TO PURCHASE PrEP FROM?

Whilst one might find several online websites and pharmacies from which one can buy PrEP from, one ought to ascertain that the product being sold is a genuine one. 


Dynamix International is an accredited seller which has long been providing PrEP. It also has a Facebook page where updates on the status of order and offers are posted.  There are currently 80-100 people living in Malta buying PrEP from this website. 


BRANDED V GENERIC DRUGS

The branded combination of the drugs is known as ‘Truvada’, manufactured by the pharma company, Gillead. Its price is still too high, with many unable to afford purchasing this medication necessary to not only prevent the chronic condition of HIV but to also be in greater control of their sex life. In the market one can however, find the generic of the branded drug – Generics are pills which contain the same active ingredients of the branded drug but use a different compound. For generics to be introduced onto the market they have to have met “rigorous standards established by the FDA with respect to identity, strength, quality, purity, and potency.” In other words, generics are the ‘same’ as branded drugs but sold at a lower price.


Even though there can be some hesitation to buy generics other than thebranded version, this hesitation is ill-founded. 

DRUG-DRUG INTERACTION

To date, research has shown that there is NO interaction between PrEP and;

  • Alcohol

  • Party drugs

  • Hormonal contraceptive pill 

  • Feminising hormones

  • Viagra

GETTING TESTED

GU CLINIC

Sexual Health Clinical - Mater Dei clinic

The GU clinic at Mater Dei Hospital offers free and confidential STI and HIV testing and screening. 

To book an appointment call +356 21227981

SELF TESTING KITS

Leading pharmacies

HIV self testing kits allow any individual to get themselves tested within the comfort of their own homes.

Together we can end HIV.

Science has given us the tools we need

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