Q and A

Question

Can I use ARVs instead of PrEP?

My girlfriend has tested positive and on arvs,and I have tested negative, can i drink arvs to prevent myself since i am in South Africa and can’t afford the prep meds.

Answer

Hi

ARVs and PrEP use the same drugs.

But ARV combinations (called ART) use three HIV drugs and PrEP only uses two drugs (tenofovir DF and emtricitabine).

PrEP should be available free in South African clinics.

You can’t use your partners ARVs for PrEP.

2 comments

  1. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Tshepo,

    The availability of free PrEP varies depending on where someone lives. In you’re in South Africa, please contact the following: https://tac.org.za/ However, if your partner is on medication and her viral load is undetectable, you can’t contract HIV from her. Please see here: http://i-base.info/u-equals-u/

  2. Tshepo

    I was told prep is not available freely,at soshanguve south clinic,and I’m staying with a HIV positive partner,but she is on Arvs,so I’m always scared of contracting, where can I get alternative medication, since I’m unemployed cannot afford to buy at pharmacies

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