What is pre-exposure prophylaxis?
Truvada is a drug for pre-exposure prophylaxis - which means that it is prescribed to protect people who are likely to be exposed to the virus (by having sex with someone who has it). It is only prescribed to people who have a high risk of catching HIV, for example if their regular partner is HIV positive. Truvada is not guaranteed to prevent an infection with HIV, so it is important to continue using condoms while taking it.
Pre-exposure treatment with Truvada is not currently available on the NHS.
To prevent catching HIV you should:
- get tested for STIs (having an STI can make it likelier that you also catch HIV)
- always use a condom when you have sex
- ask your partner to get tested before you have unprotected sex
If you are worried about HIV, you can order a home HIV test
kit or book an appointment with one of our nurses for an instant HIV test