PrEP in England on the NHS!

This information is based on the best available as of March 2020.
Details might change – check back here for regular updates.

In spring 2020, the Department of Health and Social Care announced plans for the rollout of PrEP in England on the NHS.
You can find our statement on this announcement here along with views on the availability of PrEP in England <LINK>.

When will the new service start?

Funding for the new service was announced in spring 2020. Many clinics will continue to provide PrEP through the IMPACT trial until October 2020, if they still have trial places. Some clinics will start to introduce the new service through 2020.

Can I get PrEP straight away from my sexual health clinic?

It is unlikely that there will be a sudden availability of thousands of new PrEP places in clinics. Many clinics will need to get-up-to-speed to provide the new service. Many will have waiting lists – add your name to that list and then try to access PrEP as soon as possible. See below for details of where to get PrEP if your clinic does not have PrEP spaces yet.

Where will PrEP be available from?

The new service will provide PrEP from sexual health clinics. We understand that PrEP will not be routinely available through other health services such as family doctors. Some clinics might provide PrEP through outreach services, including to community based services.

My local service isn’t doing the IMPACT trial – will they now provide PrEP?

The new service will be provided through all sexual health clinics in England. That means that NHS clinics currently not providing PrEP through IMPACT will start to do so. This will make PrEP more geographically accessible.

I’m on the IMPACT trial – what should I do?

Attend your regular IMPACT trial clinic appointment and ask at your next clinic appointment what processes are in place after the trial. We anticipate that everyone on IMPACT will be rolled-over into the new service.

I’m buying PrEP online – what should I do?

If you currently buy PrEP online and want to move to the new NHS service then contact your usual sexual health clinic for an appointment. Not all clinics will be able to offer the new PrEP service immediately – so it’s a good idea to keep a supply of online PrEP until you’re able to access the NHS service.

I don’t want to use the NHS service – can I continue to buy PrEP online?

It will still be legal to buy PrEP online once the new NHS service is introduced.  PrEPster will continue to monitor online suppliers of PrEP and to provide updates on online services. If you’re buying PrEP online check this out.

I don’t have a secure UK address – can I get PrEP?

Anyone in the UK can access sexual health services for free. You do not have to provide proof of address (but you’ll be asked to provide a postcode or zip code). You do not have to use your local clinic. You can still access PrEP, HIV + STI testing, and HIV + STI treatment if you do not have a secure UK address, or if you do not have secure immigration status. Sexual health services in the UK are confidential. By law they cannot share your details without your permission.

I need PrEP but can’t get a clinic place.

If you are having sex that puts you at risk of acquiring HIV then accessing PrEP as soon as possible is important. It’s possible to buy PrEP legally and safely online and from Dean St shop. Dean St also has a free PrEP programme for gay men under 25. The Mags Portman PrEP fund can also help provide PrEP.