Why should I take PrEP?

Why should I take PrEP imageNot everyone will feel that PrEP is for them, but if you take PrEP consistently it can reduce your risk of getting HIV during condomless sex.

You don’t have to tell anyone you’re using PrEP, if you don’t want to.

You might consider taking PrEP if:

  • You have a partner or partners who do not know their HIV status and you do not use condoms during sex
  • You have a partner who has HIV and does not have an undetectable viral load
  • You have multiple sexual partners
  • You know, or are concerned that, your partner has other sexual partners
“I had always been conscious about HIV, becoming sexually active during the “Don’t Die of Ignorance campaign.” I recognised the importance of using condoms to keep myself safe, however I found it really difficult to negotiate condom use with a new partner. He insisted that he’d been tested for HIV and was negative, but I had a niggling suspicion he wasn’t being honest. I felt powerless to challenge him. When I tested positive for HIV a few months into our relationship and soon after so did he, he didn’t seem surprised although I was devastated. If I had the opportunity to have access to PrEP when he refused to use condoms I certainly would have taken it and wouldn’t have HIV today.”
This PrEP information was adapted from a factsheet developed by the ATHENA Initiative, as part of the LEARN project, and is reproduced with permission. LEARN is a two-year project funded by PEPFAR through the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, managed by JSI Research & Training Institute, and led by the ATHENA Initiative and their community partners PIPE and ICWEA.