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HIV Prophylaxis and Testing

We recommend you make an appointment with a clinician if you believe you have been at high risk for HIV infection, or if you require a point-of-care (rapid) test.

If you have been exposed to HIV in the past 72 hours, you may be eligible for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Make sure you tell a staff member when you phone or attend the service.

Specialist management for people living with HIV is available at our service.

RAPID are distributing free Atomo HIV self-testing kits across Queensland, targeting those at high risk of HIV acquisition. Available here.

Post Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV (PEP)

Post Exposure Prophylaxis or PEP is a 4-week course of medication taken after possible exposure to HIV that may reduce your risk of infection.

PEP must be started within 72 hours and is most effective when started within 24 hours of exposure.

If you believe you have been exposed to HIV, or have exposed someone to HIV, contact the service or go to a public hospital emergency department.  

For more information visit GetPEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP)

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the regular use of antiretroviral medication by uninfected people to prevent HIV infection.

PrEP is an option for anyone who is at high risk of acquiring HIV and is very effective at preventing infection.

Any GP can prescribe TDF-FTC (brand name Truvada) for PrEP as it now is available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

More information in the video 10 Things you Need to Know About PrEP

Last updated 25 Jan 2022