How to get PrEP
Accessing PrEP could be easier than you imagine. The first step involves starting a conversation with your doctor.
Doctors have to be familiar with a huge variety of rapidly changing health topics, so not all doctors might know about PrEP as a biomedical HIV prevention option just yet.
Australia has national clinical guidelines and other education resources to help doctors know how to prescribe PrEP and manage your health while using it.
The guidelines support anybody at risk of acquiring HIV to access PrEP if they want it, as long as there are no medical reasons for PrEP to not be recommended.
If you’re a man who has sex with men, trans or gender diverse, an injecting drug user or at risk of HIV for any reason, PrEP could be right for you.
Opting in to use PrEP involves seeing a doctor or sexual health nurse once every three months for comprehensive sexual health tests.
Nationally subsidised PrEP
Since April 1, 2018, PrEP is a federal government subsidised medicine listed on Australia's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in all states and territories.
People with access to Medicare can benefit from the PBS subsidised price. People without access to Medicare are not eligible for the PBS subsidy, though other affordable options are available.
Unlike medicines for treating HIV that only specialists can prescribe, any registered doctor or sexual health nurse practitioner in Australia is permitted to prescribe PrEP as a preventative medicine.
Clinical studies providing access to PrEP are no longer enrolling in any state or territory.
Find a doctor
Visit a doctor or sexual health centre to access PrEP. Some doctors may offer bulk billing. Others may charge standard appointment fees with Medicare rebates available.
To locate a doctor or sexual health nurse practitioner known to prescribe PrEP, use the interactive map in the Find PrEP section.
It's recommended to call in advance to check that PrEP is available from the healthcare professional you're seeing and to request an appointment of appropriate duration.
No access to Medicare
If you don't have access to Medicare, PrEP is still available to you. However, you may have to pay to see a doctor as well as having necessary pathology tests.
Some sexual health centres may provide free services to people without access to Medicare. It's recommended to contact your doctor or sexual health centre in advance to understand fees.
You may be able to claim some or all of your appointment and pathology costs through your private health insurance policy. Check the details of your policy with your insurance provider.
There are several options for purchasing PrEP. A valid prescription is always required.
PrEP is available to buy in any local pharmacy in Australia or from an online pharmacy for personal importation.
f you have access to Medicare, buying PrEP in any Australian pharmacy will cost you no more than $41.00 for one months' supply, or $6.60 with a concession.
For anyone with access to Medicare, a three for the price of one offer for PrEP is also available by mail order from a group of Australian pharmacies.
Whether you do or don’t have access to Medicare, prices start from around $20 per month when buying online for personal importation.
If you can’t afford PrEP for any reason, financial assistance to get free PrEP may be available through community schemes.
The Buy PrEP section includes information on all buying options, a monthly price comparison, how to apply for free PrEP, and details on accessing the three for one offer anywhere in Australia.