PrEP

PrEP is HIV medications that an HIV negative person can take to avoid getting HIV. If you feel that condoms don’t always work for you, PrEP can be an alternative. The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that PrEP is offered to people with a significantly increased risk of HIV infection. It can be men who have sex with men that have recently had a sexually transmitted infection (STI), that have chemsex or that have sold sex. Talk to your physician if you’re interested in PrEP.

Some things that are good to know: 

  • In order to take PrEP you have to be totally sure you’re not living with HIV.
  • The protection is very high, but not 100%.
  • If you don’t take the pills correctly, the protection becomes less effective.
  • PrEP doesn’t protect against chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis or other STI:s. Only a condom reduces the risk of transmission of STI:s.
  • Regular follow-ups with a physician is important. Here, you get tested for HIV and STI:s and see if your body tolerates the medication.
  • PrEP is approved in Sweden and is a part of the maximum health bill. That means the cost becomes about 200 SEK per month. 

Do I need PrEP?

Everybody doesn’t need PrEP. If condom use is not an issue for you, the likelihood of contracting HIV is low. If you feel that condoms don’t always work for you, PrEP can be a good alternative. Venhälsan in Stockholm has developed a self-assessment tool where you, based on your answers, can get an idea about if PrEP is something for you. Note that you don’t have to reach a certain “score” to access PrEP, look at it as a basis for discussion.

You find the self-assessment tool by clicking here (in Swedish).

Can I get PrEP where I live?

All physicians can prescribe PrEP. However, the access to PrEP differs between different parts of the country. The list below shows how accessible PrEP is in the different county councils in January 2019.

If you’ve tried to get PrEP, please tell us about your experiences with healthcare at prep@rfsl.se

 

Have started to prescribe Can prescribe Don’t prescribe
Dalarna Blekinge Kalmar (will start shortly)
Gotland Jämtland/Härjedalen
Gävleborg Jönköping
Halland Kronoberg
Skåne

Stockholm

Södermanland

Norrbotten
Uppsala
Värmland
Västerbotten

Västernorrland

Västmanland
Västra Götaland
Örebro
Östergötland


Blekinge

Doesn’t have routines for PrEP but has the possibility to prescribe it. People who want PrEP can go to the infection clinic.

Dalarna

Have prescribed PrEP to a small number of individuals. If you want PrEP you can contact the infection clinic or the STI clinic.

Gotland

Have prescribed PrEP to a small number of individuals. If you want PrEP you can contact the infection clinic.

Gävleborg

Have prescribed PrEP to a small number of individuals. Are building routines. If you want PrEP you can contact Venerologmottagningen.

Halland

Have prescribed PrEP to a small number of individuals. Have routines for the work. If you want PrEP you can contact the infection clinic or the STI clinic.

Jämtland/Härjedalen

Have routines for PrEP but haven’t prescribed it to anyone yet. If you want PrEP you can contact the infection clinic.

Jönköping

Have routines for PrEP but haven’t prescribed it to anyone.

Kalmar

There’s a suggestion for routines, but no final decision has been made. Will probably be up and running shortly. If you want PrEP you can contact the STI clinic.

Kronoberg

Have routines for PrEP but haven’t prescribed it to anyone yet. If you want PrEP you can contact the infection clinic.

Norrbotten

Have routines for PrEP and can prescribe it. If you want PrEP you can contact the infection clinic.

Skåne

Have routines for PrEP and have started to prescribe PrEP. Contact Centrum för sexuell hälsa in Malmö if you’re interested in PrEP.

Stockholm

Have routines for PrEP and have started to prescribe PrEP. Contact Venhälsan if you’re interested in PrEP.

Södermanland

Have routines for PrEP and have started to prescribe PrEP. Contact infection clinic if you’re interested in PrEP.

Uppsala

Have routines for PrEP and have started to prescribe PrEP. Contact infection clinic if you’re interested in PrEP.

Värmland

Have routines for PrEP and have started to prescribe PrEP. Contact the STD clinic if you’re interested in PrEP.

Västerbotten

Have routines for PrEP and have started to prescribe PrEP. Contact the STD clinic if you’re interested in PrEP.

Västernorrland

Have started to prescribe PrEP. Contact infection clinic if you’re interested in PrEP.

Västmanland

Have no routines but have started to prescribe PrEP. Contact infection clinic if you’re interested in PrEP.

Västra Götaland

Have routines for PrEP and have started to prescribe PrEP. Contact infection clinic if you’re interested in PrEP.

Örebro

Have routines for PrEP and have started to prescribe PrEP. Contact infection clinic if you’re interested in PrEP.

Östergötland

Have routines for PrEP and have started to prescribe PrEP. Contact the STI clinic either at Vrinnevisjukhuset in Norrköping or Universitetssjukhuset in Linköping.