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Hey there. I had unprotected receptive sex 8 days after starting prep,. I have been 100% adherent to taking the pill both before and after this event. Would 8 days of prep be sufficient in protecting me?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Studies have shown that daily PrEP is highly effective in preventing HIV after 7 days of taking it consistently without missing any pills. You can read more about PrEP here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/prep/ However, PrEP does not protect you from STIs. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have regular sexual heath tests with their doctor or nearest sexual health clinic. For more information, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624.

What happens if we sex with same partner without using condom more than 3 times ?

Hi, Thank you for your question. Having sex without a condom is considered high risk for HIV transmission, especially if you are unaware of yours or your partner’s HIV status. When used correctly, condoms are highly effective in preventing the transmission of HIV and other STIs. You can find your risk here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/risk-calculator/. It is important to get a sexual health test at least once a year even if you are having sex with only one partner, or a test every 3 months if you have more casual partners. If you live in NSW you can call the Sexual Health Info Link on 1800 451 624 for more information.

Hi, I have a script for Prep for a 3 month supply. I know in Victoria there are pharmacies (HealthSmart) where the PBS script cost is partly subsidised by the government, where you get a 3 month supply but only need to pay one PBS charge ($40 instead of $120). Are there any similar pharmacies in NSW? Thanks

Hi, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, there are no such schemes among pharmacies in NSW. However, you can purchase PrEP for quite cheap online, and can find prices almost similar to what you are looking for. More information on buying PrEP online can be found at PrEP Access Now here: https://www.pan.org.au/buy-prep-online.

Hi do you know does St. John’s wort effect the use of prep? Thanks Michael

Hi, thank you for your question. We can’t provide you with information on whether or not St. John’s wort will interact with PrEP. We would advise you to talk to your prescribing doctor, or call the sexual health info link on 1800 451 624.

Hello, I have been taking prep everyday for the last 2.5 years. I test every 3 months. Im a bottom and use condom as much as possible. My question is: what exactly happens when I'm on prep and a HIV positive person cums inside my ass without condom?

Hi, thank you for your question. When taking PrEP, the medication will build up in your system to the point where it is effective in breaking the replication cycle of HIV, which will reduce the change that it will take hold in your body. You can find out more by reading our fact sheet on PrEP: https://endinghiv.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/PrEP-Patient-information-booklet.pdf If you would like a really thorough description on how PrEP works we would recommend you talk to your prescribing doctor or if you live in NSW call the Sexual Health Info Link on 1800 451 624.

I would like to know when using PEP i can still have sex ? with a condom of course

Hi, thank you for your question. We would recommend that you do not have unprotected sex while you are taking PEP, as you will not know your status until you have completed the PEP regime and are tested outside of the window period. In terms of having protected sex whilst on PEP, that is up to you and you sexual partner/partners. If you would like more information please follow this link to our website: https://endinghiv.org.au/blog/5-tips-using-pep-effectively/ Alternatively, if you live in NSW you can call the sexual health info link and talk to a sexual health nurse on 1800 451 624.

Hey, I just found out that a hook up partner is U+ and I am negative but not in PREP. I understand that undetectable means untransmitable based on several studies. How am I sure of that? Thanks

Hi, thank you for your question. What you have described would be considered safe sex and no risk of HIV transmission. To understand why this is the case please follow the following links. This link is a risk calculator which will show you the risk involved for each sexual act: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/risk-calculator/ This link details why an undetectable viral load (UVL) is considered safe sex, and also links to all the research associated with UVL: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/about-undetectable/

Hello im 25 years boy last 3 month ago i had sex with foreinger girl when i was sex i used condom but i freely oral sex with her like my penis in her mouth her vagina in my mouth ,kissing ,fingering ,i ve no any cut in my hand and lip but at that time i was suffering from tonsil and when i was fingering her same hand i was use condom in my penis so what are the risk thank you in advance

Hi and thanks for your question. Ending HIV is a platform that focuses on HIV and STIS in men who have sex with men and is located in Australia. These areas are where we are most knowledgeable and can be our most helpful. We can however share a few basic facts about heterosexual sex and HIV transmission. Kissing, hugging, hands and fingers do not transmit HIV. Giving and receiving oral sex is considered very low risk of HIV. Penetrative anal and vaginal without the use of an HIV prevention strategy is the most common way that HIV is transmitted sexually. As we previously mentioned, our website focuses on same sex attracted men but you can learn about HIV prevention strategies here (www.endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe). It is important that all adults who are sexually active test for HIV and STIs on a regular basis, between two and four times a year. Ask your local doctor about how often you should be testing. Finally, if you find that you are becoming overwhelmed with anxiety about the idea of acquiring HIV, you should consider speaking to a counsellor, sexual health clinician or a doctor about how to best manage these feelings.

Dear sir / mam, I made a terrible mistake allowing a girl to do unprotected oral to me while i had this +/- 1cm of cut on my shaft.... i dont know whether she is hiv+ or not... and i didnt know whether she had open wound /sores / bleeding gums / sore throat or not..... i've been worried sick after... everything in the body doesnt feel right.... i did went to a dr and dr said not to worry at all... he mentioned to do rapid test at 6weeks mark (for my peace of mind). Although he mentioned that he is very sure it will turn out negative.... im on 2 weeks mark now and still worry sick... may i know ur opinion? What are my chances of contracting hiv?

Hi and thanks for your email. Ending HIV is a platform that focuses on HIV and STIS in men who have sex with men and is located in Australia. These areas are where we are most knowledgeable and can be our most helpful. We can however share a few basic facts about heterosexual sex and HIV transmission. Kissing, hugging, hands and fingers do not transmit HIV. Giving and receiving oral sex is considered very low risk of HIV. Penetrative anal and vaginal without the use of an HIV prevention strategy is the most common way that HIV is transmitted sexually. As we previously mentioned, our website focuses on same sex attracted men but you can learn about HIV prevention strategies here (www.endinghiv.org.au). It is important that all adults who are sexually active test for HIV and STIs on a regular basis, between two and four times a year. Ask your local doctor about how often you should be testing. Finally, if you find that you are becoming overwhelmed with anxiety about the idea of acquiring HIV, you should consider speaking to a counsellor, sexual health clinician or a doctor about how to best manage these feelings.