With the Coronavirus Pandemic there are been changes making it harder to start PrEP or get your first PrEP appointment.
Lock down has made it hard to see your doctor. Perhaps you can’t leave your home or would prefer not to. I 100% understand it can be hard and want to make this easier for you.
PrEP for HIV prevention is important and for this reason I have now changed my processes to ensure that all people in Australia can access their PrEP with a simple telehealth appointment via phone call or video chat if you prefer.
So what is involved?
It’s actually very straight forward.
First you need to book a telehealth appointment with myself. In your appointment I will call you and check in on how PrEP is going for you. If you’ve had no issues we can get your paperwork created and sent to you.
Regular screening tests are an important part of getting your PrEP. To make this possible I have created a “home test kit” for you do to the tests. This will be mailed to your address so you can get your testing done.
Included is two swabs – one for the throat, one for the anus. I have also included a sticker with a video link that explains exactly how to do the swabs.
There is also a urine jar to collect a sample for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.
The final step is to bring the completed swabs and urine to your local pathology collection centre for the blood test to check for exposure to HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis as well as checking your kidney function. There is a pathology slip to ensure you get the right tests.
Remember the testing is a very important part of the regular PrEP cycle.
Your results will be phoned to you or sent via SMS 2 -3 days after you have visited the pathology chain.
If there are any infections we need to treat I will contact you to help get you treatment either with myself or a doctor local to you.
If you would like to book an appointment you simply need to call my office on 03 9654 6088
You can get your PrEP organised in all Victorian towns listed below