PrEP is a course of HIV drugs taken by HIV negative people before sex to reduce the chance of getting HIV. Results in trials have been very successful, with PrEP significantly lowering the risk of becoming HIV positive and without major side effects. The medication used for PrEP is a tablet called Truvada, which contains tenofovir and emtricitabine (which are drugs commonly used to treat HIV). At the moment PrEP is not available on the NHS, but this is being much discussed at present by NHS England. However, it is available by private prescription from some sexual health clinics. As a result, some people are ordering a cheaper, generic version of Truvada (called Tenvir-EM) from online pharmacies.
This led to concerns that what they are buying might be fake, or sub-standard. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case…A sexual health clinic in central London that offered to test drug levels in users of tenofovir/emtricitabine pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) who had bought it online found adequate levels of both drugs in their blood, and no sample suggesting counterfeit drugs. That is reassuring.
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