Do I Still Need Regular PrEP screening now Truvada is on the PBS?

Just received the question about whether PrEP protocols are going to change now that PrEP medications are covered under the Australian PBS?

To answer the question, no. All people on PrEP will still need regular STI screening and health checks every 3 months.

It’s important to get a quarterly appointment with your doctor for a new script and the following recommended testing:

  • Throat & anal swabs as well as a urine test for Gonorrhoea & Chlamydia.
  • Blood tests for HIV, Syphilis, hepatitis C as well as a health check of your kidneys.

I hope this helps clear up any questions.

Dr George Forgan-Smith