PrEP is for you too! Whether you have a penis or a vagina, whether you identify as ‘homosexual’ or ‘heterosexual,’ with PrEP, you can protect yourself against HIV. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis and is a preventive pill taken to guard against HIV. You take the pill following one of the two dosing schedules. Interested in taking the PrEP pill as well? Follow our step-by-step guide to get it.

Why take PrEP

PrEP is available for everyone. For heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual individuals, for men and women, cisgender, transgender, and non-binary individuals. Whether or not to use PrEP is a personal choice. The main reason to use PrEP is that it eliminates the fear of HIV, but there are other valid reasons as well.

How to get PrEP

Check the complete PrEP step-by-step plan

They use PrEP

PrEP is a pill that can prevent you from contracting HIV. PrEP is safe and effective, as scientifically proven. Since 2012, PrEP has been available to everyone in the US, and since 2016 in the Netherlands. PrEP is not covered by health insurance, but you can get 30 PrEP pills for as little as 20 euros. PrEP can only be purchased with a prescription. Read the PrEPnu Step-by-Step Guide on how to access PrEP in the Netherlands.

PrEP is available through a national scheme at the Public Health Services (GGD) with a contribution of €7.50 for 30 pills. The associated healthcare provided by the GGD is free. However, the number of spots for this scheme is limited. Many GGDs have waiting lists, and it's possible that the spots in your region are already filled. Your local GGD can provide you with more information on this. Can't or don't want to wait? Obtain PrEP through your general practitioner or your regional HIV treatment center. The costs then vary per pharmacy (see our price list), but it can be as little as about 20 euros per month.

For daily use:
No need to panic! If you use PrEP daily, you can still take the pill up to 12 hours after the scheduled time. If it's been more than 12 hours, it's better to skip the pill. Even if you forget to take the pill 1 or 2 times a week, PrEP remains a highly reliable protection against HIV.

For use around sex:
If you use PrEP only around the time of sexual activity, it's crucial to take your pills on time. Again, you have up to 12 hours after the scheduled time to take the pill. After that, resume the original schedule (i.e., take the next pill 24 and 48 hours after the first two pills).

If you forget to take the pills before having sex or if you've missed several pills, you are NOT ADEQUATELY PROTECTED against HIV. In that case, contact the GGD (Public Health Service) or a hospital to discuss whether you may be eligible for a PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) treatment.

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