Can I get PrEP on the NHS to help us conceive?
Hi. We are going to try for a baby naturally. My husband is positive I am negative.
Today at clinic we asked about me taking prep and the doctor said she didn’t think it was allowed on the NHS and that we might have to become part of a study?
Is this right and also how long do you have to take it for?
Thanks for your help
Thanks for your email.
First of all if your husband is currently on treatment, with an undetectable viral load, you should be able to try to conceive naturally without the need for PrEP. This is because HIV treatment greatly reduces the infectiousness of a positive person. More information about this is explained in this previous question: I’m HIV negative and my husband’s positive. Can we have a baby?
You doctor is partially right about PrEP. Truvada- the drug used for PrEP, is not currently recommended for this use on the NHS. Why this is, and more information about PrEP, is explained in this previous question: Can I access PrEP in the UK?
Please let me know if you have any questions after reading these!