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Got a PrEP question? Here’s where to find support

How do I use PrEP? Will I get side effects? What happens if I miss a dose? … Whatever you want to know, half the challenge is figuring out where you can go for friendly info and support. Because sometimes you just want to interact with a human instead of a search engine.

Fortunately, we’ve gathered some of the best options for getting you the information you want!

Now there are new ways to use PrEP in Australia, you probably want to know more about them — particularly if you think you could benefit from PrEP’s powerful protection against HIV. With options to use it daily, on-demand or periodically, now there’s a PrEP option to suit your needs!

There are new ways to use PrEP in Australia! | Emen8

PrEP is available across Australia now. Click on your state/territory for information on how to get PrEP: ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA

Doctors and sexual health nurses

First up, we recommend checking in with a doctor or sexual health nurse for medical advice, particularly if you’re thinking about starting, stopping or changing the way you use PrEP.

While any doctor or sexual health nurse practitioner can prescribe PrEP, not all might know about it. Some community groups below have maps of PrEP prescribers across the country. Australia has PrEP prescribing guidelines for clinicians with up-to-date information on who’s suitable for PrEP, how to prescribe it and how to use it safely.

Hit us up!

We love hearing from you! Hit us up with anything you’d like to now about PrEP or anything else for looking after your sexual health.

Find us online, on Facebook, on Messenger or get in touch through our contact form.

Online support anytime, anywhere

Since 2015, community-led support initiatives have been helping thousands of people access and use PrEP across Australia. Community members, researchers, doctors, policy makers and advocates often join the conversation. Here’s where you can ask whatever you want to know.

PrEP’D for Change

About: PrEP’D for Change is Australia’s largest online PrEP community. Join the public Facebook group to post a question or join the discussion.
Type: Community group
Coverage: Australia-wide
Features: Their website includes a map for finding a doctor, the best prices for buying PrEP, how to use PrEP and information for clinicians. Expect friendly support for anything you want to know about PrEP.
Find them: Online and on Facebook

PAN (PrEPaccessNOW)

About: PAN (PrEPaccessNOW) is an online PrEP community offering information and support. They also provide free PrEP coupons for anyone who cannot afford to buy PrEP. Join the public Facebook group to post a question or join the discussion.
Type: Community group and registered organisation for free PrEP scheme
Coverage: Australia-wide
Features: Their website includes a map for finding a doctor, info on importing PrEP from online pharmacies and how you can apply for free PrEP if you can’t afford it. Expect helpful advice for getting PrEP — particularly for anyone without access to Medicare.
Find them: Online, on Facebook, on WeChat (search for ‘PrEPinfo’ or their phone number) or call 04879 PREPD (0487 977 373)

#ComePrepd

About: #ComePrepd is the Facebook discussion group linked to a PrEP awareness campaign in Queensland. Join the private Facebook group to post a question or join the discussion.
Type: Community group established by QC (the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health)
Coverage: Queensland
Features: Website includes a map for finding doctors and pharmacies, educational resources and personal stories from PrEP users. Expect useful support and local knowledge.
Find them: Online and on Facebook

GetPrEP’D

About: Get PrEP’D is an Australian national initiative about PrEP for gay, bisexual and other men (cis or trans, non-binary inclusive) who have sex with men.
Type: Health promotion initiative from AFAO (the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations)
Coverage: Australia-wide
Features: Educational resources available in English, Spanish and Thai
Find them: Online and on Facebook

PrEP Facts: Rethinking HIV Prevention and Sex

About: PrEP Facts was created to provide information about PrEP, sex, and HIV prevention, and to provide a space for evidence-based, non-judgmental discussion. Join the private Facebook group to post a question or comment.
Type: Community group
Coverage: Originating in the United States with global coverage and participation
Features: With over 20 thousand members, the conversation is fast-paced and up to date with the latest news and innovations. Questions often focus on navigating the US healthcare system, but there’s also representation from many other countries.
Find them: On Facebook

HIV and LGBTI health organisations

In addition to online community groups, there are HIV and LGBTI health organisations in all states and territories as well as peak bodies nationally. Check out our network of partners for contact details.

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