Who should be considering PrEP?
People who are interested in PrEP are number one people you should be talking to about PrEP. However, there are a number of groups of people who could benefit from PrEP. Primarily, HIV is a disease within the gay community of Australia, within men who are having sex with men. In particular, HIV is highest risk for people who are having condomless anal sex, whether they be the top or the inserted partner, or the bottom or the receptive partner. Both of these positions are a risk for development of HIV. So both of these groups of people should be considering whether or not they want to go onto PrEP.
The main groups of people that we are targeting for PrEP are, people in serodiscordant relationships, somebody who’s got an HIV positive partner when that person is HIV negative. Somebody who’s unreliably able to use condoms on a consistent basis, and somebody who has recently had a diagnosis of either rectal gonorrhoea, rectal chlamydia or syphilis. These are all risk factors, putting the person at a higher risk of developing and exposure to eventual infection perhaps, of HIV. This is a group of people that you definitely want to be talking to about PrEP.