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 or at the GGD.

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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. PrEP is available from € 30 per 30 pills at the pharmacy.

 

What you NEED to know before you start PrEP

How to get affordable PrEP

Your family doctor can prescribe PrEP. And your pharmacist can deliver the pills. The cheapest version of PrEP is available from €30,- per mont (30 pills). Your health insurance does not cover the cost of the pills. Read more.

PrEP via GGD

From August 1 2019 more GGDs will offer PrEP care. A five-year program starts to make PrEP available for gay and bisexual men and transgender people at risk of contracting HIV. The GGD helps you with the necessary medical checks and prescribes PrEP. You pay a small contribution for the medication (€7,50 per 30 pills). There is limited space within the program. You can read more about it 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: August 2019.

Peter (43)* is very happy with PrEP