Introduction and access to PrEP in the UK
This is a UK guide to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).
PrEP currently refers to a pill containing two HIV drugs: tenofovir plus emtricitabine.
When taken correctly, PrEP greatly reduces the risk of HIV sexual transmission.
Access to PrEP in the UK
Free access to PrEP depends on where you live in the UK.
- NHS Scotland now provides free PrEP to anyone at risk who lives in Scotland.
For more details see: www.prep.scot
- NHS Wales now provides PrEP for anyone at risk who lives in Wales. This is a three year initial programme. Although access refers to being within a study call PrEPARED, this doesn’t involve active participation. It just means that anonymised information will be used to decide future access.
For more details see: www.friskywales.org/wales-prep-project.html
- NHS England only currently provides PrEP as part of the Impact trial. This study will enrol up to 26,000 people. It started in September 2017 and will run for three years.
Each of the approximately 200 clinic sites is allocated a limited number of places.
For more details see: prepimpacttrial.org.uk
- PrEP is available in Northern Ireland in a two-year project.
- The Mags Portman PrEP Access Fund at the THT will provide vouchers for free PrEP for up to 1000 people.
Many people buy PrEP online or from Dean Street PrEP Shop (dean.st/prepshop). The rough cost (at time of printing) is less then £20 for 30 tablets.
PrEP shop is also available from the John Hunter Clinic at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in west London.
Last updated: 1 November 2019.