PrEP access criteria is widening

From 1 July 2022 access criteria for PrEP is being widened to allow more people to get PrEP. Note some content on this page may be out of date until we can update this section. Please click the link to read information from PHARMAC. Learn more

PrEP is a medication that prevents HIV-negative people from acquiring HIV. It’s a game-changer in our mission to end HIV.

When taken on a daily basis, PrEP ensures there is enough anti-HIV medication in the body to significantly reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV if exposed during condomless sex.

There are currently two recommended ways of taking PrEP: daily PrEP and PrEP 2-1-1.

PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Pre-Exposure means it needs to be taken before sex – and Prophylaxis is a scientific term for something that prevents an illness.



Hundreds of thousands of people across the planet are already taking PrEP, and clinical studies have shown that if PrEP is taken every day, it offers near-complete protection from acquiring HIV. This means that a person on PrEP can have sex with anyone, regardless of their HIV status, and their chance of contracting HIV is extremely low.

But it’s really important to remember that PrEP doesn’t prevent any other STIs, like syphilis or gonorrhoea - so it’s a good idea to keep condoms in the mix to protect from these.

Get PrEP online for $19.95

If you're not currently on PrEP then you can get an initial Online PrEP consultation for only $19.95. 


PrEP isn’t for everyone – if you’re using condoms every time you have casual sex, then great! You probably don’t need to be on PrEP. But there are lots of reasons that people might not use condoms every time they have sex – and for these people, PrEP is the best prevention option available.

For most people, the best way to take PrEP is once a day, every day, for as long as you need it. But for others, taking it daily might not be best - check out our information on PrEP 2-1-1, a system some people can use if they only need short-term protection from HIV.


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