PrEP / HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis**

PrEP, which stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is where people at risk for HIV can take HIV medicines to lower their chances of getting the HIV virus.

To demonstrate how important we think PrEP is to sexual and public health in NSW we wish to reduce barriers to access to PrEP so will Medicare BULK BILL all consultations for PrEP assessment/commencement and follow-up/monitoring visits.

**Consultations for PrEP are bulk billed

PrEP & EPIC NSW

The Directors & staff of Taylor Square Private Clinic applaud the NSW Ministry of Health for its visionary and game-changing project to provide PrEP for 3,700 people at risk of HIV infection via the EPIC NSW study. This is truly a forward-thinking & cutting-edge public health measure for the people of NSW.

Announced on World AIDS Day 1st December 2015 by NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner, the Expanded PrEP Implementation in Communities (EPIC-NSW) project is being led by University of NSW’s Kirby Institute and seeks to assess the effectiveness of PrEP in an Australian context

WHAT IS EPIC NSW?

EPIC NSW stands for ‘Expanded PrEP Implementation in Communities in NSW’.

It is a study run by the Kirby Institute, in collaboration with a number of partners, which aims to assess the impact of the rapid expansion in access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) amongst those at high risk of acquiring HIV.

The trial will enrol 3,700 people at high risk of acquiring HIV – the vast majority of whom will be gay and bisexual men. EPIC-NSW is a criteria based access program – which means eligibility for the study will be determined on the basis of HIV risk criteria. The aim is to rapidly enrol eligible people and follow participants for two years on while they take PrEP.

Taylor Square Private Clinic is pleased to be a partner in this world leading study.

Enrolment into EPIC NSW is expected to commence around Mardi Gras, in March 2016.

WHAT IS PrEP? Taylor Square Private Clinic-5

“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, with “prophylaxis” meaning “to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease.” PrEP is a new HIV prevention method in which people who do not have HIV infection take a pill daily to reduce their risk of becoming HIV infected. The pill is called Truvada and it contains two antiviral medicines that are also used to treat people who already have HIV infection. These are the same drugs used to suppress the virus in people living with HIV.

WHO SHOULD TAKE PrEP?

The effectiveness of using HIV antiretroviral drugs as PrEP has been established by clinical trials conducted in gay men, heterosexual adults and injecting drug users. PrEP can be considered for people in these populations who are at high risk of acquiring HIV, such as gay and other homosexually active men who are having multiple events of condomless sex.

HOW DOES TRUVADA WORK?

If you take Truvada and you are exposed to HIV through sex or injecting drug use, this medicine can work to prevent HIV infection. Along with other prevention methods like condoms, PrEP can offer effective protection against HIV if taken every day. Truvada (a dual combination of the antiviral drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine) has been investigated in several major clinical trials and has shown to be highly effective as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, provided the medication is taken correctly.

REGULAR MONITORING & FOLLOW UP.

People taking PrEP medication need to have a check-up every 3 months when STI & HIV testing together with a blood test for kidney & liver function will be done.

More Information is available here

http://endinghiv.org.au/nsw/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/PrEP_Access_Options_Paper1.pdf

and here

http://www.positivelife.org.au/latest-news/prep-access-options.html

To contact Taylor Square Private Clinic please call our friendly reception staff on: (02) 9331 6151 and mention that you are interested in PrEP.

INFORMATION ADAPTED FROM ACON & POSITIVE LIFE NSW BROCHURES.