There’s still no cure but treatment for HIV has improved greatly. If diagnosed early, many people can live a healthy life for many years.
The sooner treatment begins, the more effective it is in helping people stay well.
What is HIV and how is it caught?
How can I avoid catching HIV?
Find out more about HIV symptoms, testing and treatment
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What about PrEP?
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: PrEP
In April 2017 the Scottish Government approved the provision of free PrEP to specific people at highest risk of HIV acquisition (catching it). This should be available within all Scottish Sexual Health clinics in July.
PrEP has been called a "game changer" and, together with other preventative measures such as condom use, regular testing and universal HIV treatment, it could bring about the biggest ever reduction in new HIV infections.
The medication, called PrEP, is for specific groups who are at greatest risk of HIV and involves taking medication, which for most people will involve taking a pill every day.
PrEP isnt for everyone but if you are HIV negative and have certain risk factors you are likely to benefit from taking PrEP. For example had:
- A recent STI (especially a rectal infection or syphilis)
- Use of PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis)
- Using some recreational drugs (crystal meth, mephedrone or G) - also know as ChemSex
HIV Scotland have prepared some excellent infmation for those who are considering using PrEP
Currently the sexual health clinics in A&B are not offering PrEP we there for suggest you make enquiries with either Highland Sexual Health services or the Sandyford Glasgow.
If you would like to discuss PrEP with Highland Health Services, please call our central booking line on 01463 888300 and ask for a discussion appointment. As well as information about PrEP staff will also undertake blood, urine and swab testing at this visit. This is to ensure that you meet the necessary criteria and that you have no underlying health conditions that would make PrEP unsuitable for you. Once your test results are available we will arrange for you to meet with one of our experienced HIV team who will arrange for a supply of PrEP.
If you would like to attend the Sandyford clincic please check out the information on the website;
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