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PrEP is a type of HIV prevention. It is a new medicine you take every day that helps you stay HIV negative. PrEP is short for pre-exposure prophylaxis.
PrEP is an antiretroviral (ARV) pill that HIV-negative people take every day to considerably reduce their chances of getting HIV.
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No HIV prevention tool will be the right fit for everyone. You will be the best person to decide what works for you. PrEP is unusual in that it is an HIV prevention option that is completely private and individually-controlled. No one else, other than your doctor, has to know that you are using it.
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PrEP does not provide 100% protection, but if you take PrEP every day, it is highly effective and provides a great deal of protection against HIV. The World Health Organisation and the US Centers for Disease Control say PrEP is over 90% effective.
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PrEP is effective for trans women:

  • If you have receptive vaginal or anal sex.
  • If you are the insertive partner in sex (top).
  • Whether or not you have had lower surgery.

Hormone levels are NOT affected by PrEP. Information on interactions between hormone treatments and other HIV drugs is from Liverpool University.
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PrEP is not yet generally available on the NHS in England, but there is a trial, called IMPACT, which is giving access to PrEP to some people. You might be eligible to take part if you have a partner who is living with HIV and is not virally suppressed, or if you are clinically assessed by a health worker and determined to have similar high risk.
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PrEP is available in Scotland, through sexual health clinics, to anyone clinically assessed as being eligible for it. You can find out more at https://prep.scot/

PrEPARED Wales is a national PrEP trial, making PrEP available to anyone who is eligible. You can find out more about it at:
https://www.iwantprepnow.co.uk/prep-in-wales

Currently PrEP is not available in Northern Ireland.

PrEP in the UK

HIV is a virus, which can affect anyone. It stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV attacks the immune system, which makes it harder for the body to defend against diseases.

AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV, when the immune system is no longer able to protect against diseases and infections. Read more…

HIV is transmitted, or passed on, from one person to another person through body fluids that contain the virus. It can be transmitted through semen, vaginal fluids, rectal secretions, blood or breast milk.
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HIV can be managed really effectively with treatment if it is diagnosed early, so testing is really important. It’s always better to know. It can seem scary, but remember that HIV now is not a life threatening condition, treatment is effective and available to everyone in the UK (regardless of your immigration status) and there is great care and support available.
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If a person living with HIV is taking treatment and it is working effectively, the amount of virus in their blood will become undetectable, which means there is too little of it for tests to pick up. When this happens, it means they are uninfectious.
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Sophia Forum promotes and advocates for the rights, health, welfare and dignity of women living with HIV through research, raising awareness and influencing policy.

We make sure that women living with HIV are meaningfully involved in all our work and a significant number of our Trustees are women living with HIV.
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CliniQ is an award-winning partnership project between the trans communities, 56 Dean Street & The Chelsea & Westminister Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London Friend and range of other trans* aware voluntary sector organisations.
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The ATHENA Network (ATHENA) is a global network of individual and institutional members that has been at the forefront of ensuring the centrality of gender equality and human rights in the HIV response since 2006.
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Forum Link aims to strengthen the voice of HIV Service User representation in both service delivery and development locally, regionally and nationally.

Using the Internet and email services they aim to build a national network of like minded HIV Positive Patient and HIV Service Users representatives whilst promoting strength and individuality within its member organisations.
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