PrEP protects from HIV

PrEP is a pill that prevents you from getting HIV. PrEP is safe and is available on prescription at a pharmacy.

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Five things you should know about PrEP

  1. PrEP only prevents HIV. It does not prevent other STIs.
  2. PrEP provides at least as much protection as a condom. However, you must take the pills faithfully and at the right time.
  3. If you use PrEP, you will need to have regular doctor checkups. Get tested for HIV, kidney function and STIs.
  4. Your family doctor can prescribe PrEP through your pharmacy. You cover the cost of your pills.
  5. In the Netherlands, PrEp is available from several different manufacturers, all of which are equally effective. Their prices vary substantially: between €50-€600.

 

What you NEED to know before you start PrEP

How to get affordable PrEP

Any family doctor can prescribe PrEP; any pharmacy can sell affordable PrEP. As of January 2018, the cheapest variety of PrEP costs around €50-€60 a month if taken daily. Health insurance does not yet cover PrEP which means that you cover the costs.

In order to avoid paying too much, your doctor must specify the desired manufacturer on your prescription. Centrafarm is currently the cheapest PrEP manufacturer. This brand is as safe and effective as the more expensive varieties made by Sandoz, Teva and Gilead. Read more here.

Side effects and medical checkups

PrEP is a safe, reliable, registered drug. It has few side effects in humans. However, it is necessary to get regular HIV, STIs and kidney function tests. You need to be sure that your do not have HIV before you start PrEP. Proper kidney functioning is affected in 1 in 200 people. This side effect is a reason to stop taking PrEP.

The checkups done by your family doctor will be covered by your health insurance. You will still need to pay the amount of your deductible.

PrEP, STIs and sex

PrEP users take responsibility for reducing the risk of contracting HIV as much as possible. They make a conscious decision to take PrEP, for instance because they might not always use a condom. Using PrEP responsibly means getting tested for STIs on a regular basis, which prevents PrEP users from unknowingly transmitting STIs to their sex partners. Most PrEP users feel liberated. They are less fearful of getting HIV and enjoy sex more.

We regularly update this content to provide the latest information. Last update: March 2018.

Peter (43)* is very happy with PrEP