What happens if you miss a tablet of PrEP?
The good thing is that there is a bit of leeway when it comes to taking PrEP. If you are missing a tablet every now and then, it’s not that big of deal. You will still be protected for HIV. However, we do recommend that you take the tablet every day.
If you get to a point where you’re finding difficult to take the tablet or the amount of tablets you are taking drops below, say, four tablets a week, your protection on HIV is greatly reduced.
It is important to take the tablet every day. If you discover during the day that you may have missed a tablet, it’s okay. If it’s been less than 12 hours from the time that you would normally take the tablet, just take one straight away. If it’s been more than 12 hours, it’s okay. You’ll still be protected against HIV. However, do make sure that you take your tablet at the regular time the next day.
Important! For People Taking PrEP On Demand
Missing a tablet of PrEP on demand could result in the medication not working. It is important to talk with your PrEP doctor or local sexual health clinic to see if you need to go onto PEP as a precaution.
To help avoid missing PrEP on demand tablets it can be a good idea to set an alarm on your phone to remind you.