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How to get PrEP in Darwin and the Northern Territory

Based in Darwin or the Northern Territory and want to know how to get PrEP? Here’s everything you need to know about finding a GP, 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.

Clinical Studies

Although some clinical studies exist in other states and territories around Australia, the Northern Territory does not currently have a study available to residents.

Studies elsewhere in Australia are 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 studies are investigating the impact PrEP will have on reducing the number of HIV transmissions in a real world setting.

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 in Darwin 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

You can 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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