Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
Care of people taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
The test takes a couple of minute and to get the result less than half an hour. After the result is giving, the doctor will discuss it with you and give you the necessary advice.
PEP is medication that may prevent you from becoming infected with HIV. PEP needs to be started as soon as possible and within 72 hours (three days) of exposure.
You can find out more about PEP by talking to a doctor at Era Health on (03) 9944 6200 or by calling the HIV PEP hotline in your state or territory (Victoria: 1800 889 887). Alternatively, you can visit the Get PEP website for details on local PEP services across all states and territories.
PrEP refers to the use of anti-HIV medications by HIV-negative people to reduce the risk of HIV infection. The anti-HIV drug Truvada has been demonstrated to be highly effective as PrEP in clinical trials among men who have sex with men, transgender women, heterosexuals and people who inject drugs.
Truvada has been approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration both for the treatment of people with HIV and for use as PrEP but the drug has not yet been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (so is not subsidised by the Government).
Individuals wanting to use PrEP, who don’t have access to it through clinical trials, need to either import it personally or buy Truvada in Australia from a pharmacist. If you are using PrEP, you need to have regular check-ups as PrEP can affect your health.
At Era Health, our doctors are familiar with PrEP and can provide you with the necessary prescriptions to obtain the medication and also to monitor your health while you are taking it.
Further information about PrEP is available here.
Era Health provides full outpatient care and management of persons infected with HIV. This is generally done in collaboration with specialists at the Alfred Hospital.
It is very important to ensure sexually active persons do not spread infections. Confidential STD screening for these diseases can be undertaken by our doctors and nurses in a standard consultation and may involve the collection of blood, urine and swabs for laboratory analysis.
For an appointment, please either contact us on (03) 9944 6200 or make an appointment Online