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How to get PrEP in Brisbane and Queensland

Based in Brisbane or Queensland and want to know how to get PrEP? Here’s everything you need to know about finding a GP, joining a study, buying online and seeking financial support.

Want to know how using PrEP can maximise your protection against HIV? Check out our introduction article to discover more and start a conversation with your GP or sexual health clinic.

PrEP is now one step closer to becoming affordable and available to all Australians thanks to the recent recommendation to include it on the PBS — the list of medicines subsidised by the Australian Government. You can understand what this means for you in PrEP one step closer to becoming affordable and available to all Australians.

Joining a study

In Queensland the most affordable and convenient way to access PrEP is through a clinical study. The QPrEPd Study is still enrolling in some clinics.

You can contact a participating clinic directly to enquire about eligibility criteria and joining the study. You can find a list of clinics and contact information at the study website here.

The study is free to all participants. You can collect your PrEP directly from the clinic.

The QPrEPd study is not evaluating if PrEP works as a medicine. We already know it is a highly effective HIV prevention strategy and it has been approved for use by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Instead, the study is investigating the impact PrEP will have on reducing the number of HIV transmissions in Queensland in a real world setting.

Even if you are unable to join the study you can still access PrEP by buying from an online pharmacy with a prescription from a GP.

Finding a GP

There are several GP’s across Queensland prescribing PrEP. Although PrEP can be prescribed by any GP, some might not know about it. Community groups such as PrEP’D For Change and PAN (PrEPaccessNOW) provide interactive maps for you to locate a prescriber near you.

Personal Import

If you’re not part of Queensland’s PrEP study, you can still personally import it from an online pharmacy. You will still need to see a GP for sexual health tests and to obtain a prescription which you will need for ordering PrEP online. There is also a need to undertake regular testing if you are using PrEP.

The Australian Government’s Personal Import Scheme allows you to import PrEP for personal use with a valid prescription.

Ending HIV also provides information about this in a PrEP access options fact sheet.

Buying online

PrEP is not yet listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) – the list of federal government subsidised medicines. While it is possible to fill a prescription in some Australian pharmacies, this may cost upwards from $680 for one month’s supply.

Buying PrEP from an online pharmacy is a more affordable alternative. Prices start from around $35 for one months’ supply, including delivery.

PrEP sold online may come in different names, including Truvada, Ricovir-EM, Adco-Emtevir or Tenvir-EM. All of these medicines contain the same active ingredients. You can check they contain Emtricitabine 200mg and Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300mg to make sure you’re buying the right one.

It’s important to note medicines available on international websites are not regulated by the TGA. Community groups PrEP’D For Change and PAN (PrEPaccessNOW) suggest the following pharmacies:

Prices may vary between online pharmacies. PrEP’D For Change publishes a monthly price comparison chart online.

Financial support

If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to afford PrEP, PAN offers an assistance coupon scheme to help cover the cost.

PrEP is a program

Using PrEP is just one step in maintaining a sexual health strategy. This involves taking one pill every day and seeing your GP or attending a sexual health clinic every three months for a full sexual health check-up that will test for HIV as well as other STIs.

If you have questions about starting, stopping or continuing to use PrEP, talk to your GP, local HIV/AIDS organisation, or community groups on Facebook like PrEP’D For Change and PAN (PrEPaccessNOW).

How to get PrEP elsewhere in Australia

Clinical studies are available to residents in some other states and territories around Australia. You can still personally import PrEP with a prescription wherever you’re based.

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  1. Could you please advise me on the best means to access PreP on line and the ingredients that I should look for. Also could you give me the approximate cost for them. I just feel that I wish to be comfortable although I do not partake in male to male sex on a regular basis and I ask all partners if they are clean prior to any activity taking place.

    1. Hi Brian. Thanks for your comment. You can find the best means to access PrEP online, the ingredients to check for and the approximate cost in our article above. It’s great that you have conversations with partners about sexual health. Remember that it’s possible that someone may have acquired something without them knowing it — HIV and STIs don’t always show any symptoms. The best way for you to manage your own health and be sure is to go for regular sexual health tests as well as using HIV and STI prevention options that work for you.

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