Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the use of antiretroviral medication to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV. If taken everyday this medication significantly reduces your chance of acquiring HIV.
As of the 1st of April, 2018, PrEP is listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). This means that you can now attend any pharmacy in Australia with your PrEP script to purchase PrEP. This does require Medicare.
For most people, PBS cost will be $39.50/month.
For people with a concession card, PBS cost will be $6.40/month.
Some pharmacies may keep PrEP in stock, and some may need to order in the medication once you provide your prescription, which could take 1-2 days.
While any doctor or general practitioner (GP) can prescribe PrEP, you may be more comfortable discussing your needs with a GP who is experienced in prescribing PrEP. This is a list of doctors and services that we know are experienced at prescribing PrEP.
If you choose to see a doctor who is unfamiliar with prescribing PrEP, they can access information about prescribing PrEP from the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM)
The below video gives a good overview of PrEP – but please note that the information regarding access to PrEP differs for Australia.
Who can prescribe PrEP?
PrEP can be prescribed by any GP. Certain GPs have undertaken training on prescribing PrEP to the community. We have composed a list of GPs around Western Australia which you can find here.
We also have a Medicare-billing PrEP Clinic within the M Clinic, currently run by Dr. Craig Shaw, Dr. Sam Maisey and Dr. Mark Rivera. More information on the PrEP Clinic can be found here.
How do I get PrEP?
|Australian Pharmacy (PBS)||Requires a prescription.|
Purchase PrEP at a local pharmacy (requires Medicare).
($6.40/month with concession)
|PrEP on the PBS|
|Personal Importation (for people without Medicare)||Requires a prescription.|
Import generic medication from overseas pharmacies via Personal Importation Scheme.
|See links for more information.||PrEP Access Now (PAN)
Not all pharmacies have PrEP in stock and may need to order it in. The following pharmacies stock PrEP, enabling you to go and pick it up after providing your script.
West End Pharmacy
1273 Hay Street, WEST PERTH 6005
(Cnr Hay/Outram St)
Ph: (08) 9481 6390
810 Hay Street, PERTH 6000
Ph: (08) 9321 0699
Coventry Village, 243 Walter Road West, MORLEY 6062
Ph: (08) 9375 8722
Fremantle Central Pharmacy
Shop 1, Corner Cantonment & Queen Streets, FREMANTLE 6160
Ph: (08) 9335 2786
St Francis Pharmacy
19/29 Station Street,
Subiaco Square Shopping Centre (opposite Woolworths), SUBIACO 6008
Ph: 1300 783 726
143 Oxford Street, LEEDERVILLE 6007
Ph: 9444 8219