Guides

Introduction and access to PrEP in the UK – including PrEP and coronavirus

PrEP is now available free on the NHS across the UK. Although COVID-19 has affected services you can still access free PrEP. Please scroll down to see information about PrEP and COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Introduction

This is a UK guide to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

PrEP is usually a pill containing two HIV drugs: tenofovir (TD) plus emtricitabine (FTC) in a single pill.

When taken correctly, PrEP greatly reduces the risk of HIV sexual transmission.

Access to PrEP in the UK

PrEP is now be available free on the NHS from sexual health clinics throughout the UK.

However, some clinics take longer to set up these services.

The following links provide information for each country. This includes how to search for a sexual health clinic by post code.

See also: information about buying PrEP online from the UK.

PrEP and COVID-19 (coronavirus)

PrEP meds are still available through the coronavirus health crisis. However, most PrEP clinics will be rearranging services to protect your health and reduce risk of further cases of COVID-19.

This will likely mean testing less frequently for HIV and STIs, but PrEP will still be safe and effective.

However, the urgency of social physical isolation also includes limiting physical interactions with new sexual partners.

This isn’t going to be easy but it will protect both your health and the wider community – especially during the weeks after lock down.

For more information on PrEP and coronavirus, please see this information from HIV Scotland that i-Base contributed to. Sensible advice on sex and COVID-19 is included in the link from NYC.

Updated May 2021.

Last updated: 1 June 2021.