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  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an oral medication that prevents HIV in people at risk of infection with the virus.
  • PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by up to 99% when taken as prescribed.
  • All GPs (doctors) in Australia can prescribe PrEP.
  • PrEP doesn’t protect against sexually transmissible infections (STI). Condoms are still the best protection against STIs (including syphilis, gonorrhoea, and chlamydia).
  • HIV transmission can also be prevented by using condoms during anal or vaginal sex, using sterile injecting equipment, not sharing injecting equipment or achieving and maintaining “undetectable” HIV viral loads if you are HIV-positive.

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Reviewed on: 09-11-2023