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?

Not everybody needs PrEP. If you’re good at using condoms the likelihood of contracting HIV is low. If you feel that condoms don’t always work for you, PrEP can be a good option. Venhälsan in Stockholm has produced a self-reporting tool; a “risk index” where you, based on your answers, can gain an idea of if PrEP might be useful for you. Bear in mind that you don’t have to receive a certain score to get PrEP, instead, look at it as a basis for discussion.

Access the self-reporting tool here

Is there PrEP where I live?

All doctors can prescribe PrEP. The access to PrEP is different depending on where in the country you live. Below we have listed access to PrEP in the different regions.

If you have tried to get PrEP we would like to hear about your experiences in the contact with healthcare: prep@rfsl.se


Blekinge

Has prescribed PrEP to a few individuals. If you live in Blekinge and want to start PrEP, contact the infection clinic (infektionsmottagningen) in Karlskrona.

Dalarna

Has prescribed PrEP to a few individuals. If you live in Dalarna and want to start PrEP, contact the infection clinic (infektionsmottagningen) or the STI clinic (STI-mottagningen) in Falun.

Gotland

Has prescribed PrEP to a few individuals. If you live in Gotland and want to start PrEP, contact the infection clinic (infektionsmottagningen) in Visby.

Gävleborg

Has prescribed PrEP to a few individuals. If you live in Gävleborg and want to start PrEP, contact the venereal disease clinic (venereologiska mottagningen) in Gävle.

Halland

Has prescribed PrEP to a few individuals. If you want to start PrEP, contact the STI clinic (STD-mottagningen) or the infection clinic (infektionskliniken) in Halmstad.

Jämtland/Härjedalen

Has prescribed PrEP to a few individuals. If you want to start PrEP, contact the infection clinic (infektionsmottagningen) in Östersund.

Jönköping

Has prescribed PrEP to about ten people. If you live in Jönköping and want to start PrEP, contact the STI clinic (STI-mottagningen).

Kalmar

If you live in Kalmar and want to start PrEP, contact the skin clinic (hudkliniken).

Kronoberg

Has prescribed PrEP to a few people. If you live in Kronoberg and want to start PrEP, contact the infection clinic (infektionskliniken) in Växjö.

Norrbotten

Has prescribed PrEP to a few people. If you live in Norrbotten and want to start PrEP, contact the infection clinic at Sunderby sjukhus.

Skåne

Has prescribed PrEP to 200 individuals. Contact Hudmottagning centrum för sexuell hälsa in Malmö or Hudmottagning sexuell hälsa in Helsingborg if you’re interested in PrEP.

Stockholm

Has prescribed PrEP to about 600 people. If you live in Stockholm and want to start PrEP, contact Venhälsan. Note that there’s a PrEP waiting-list in Stockholm, and that the waiting time is about a year.

Södermanland

Has prescribed PrEP to a few individuals. If you want to start PrEP, contact the infection clinic (infektionskliniken) in Eskilstuna.

Uppsala

Has prescribed PrEP to about 50 individuals. If you want to start PrEP, contact the venerael disease clinic (venereologmottagningen) at Akademiska sjukhuset.

Värmland

Has prescribed PrEP to about ten individuals. If you live in Värmland and want to start PrEP, contact the STI clinic (STI-mottagningen) in Karlstad.

Västerbotten

Has prescribed PrEP to about ten individuals. If you want to start PrEP, contact the STI clinic (STI-mottagningen) in Umeå.

Västernorrland

Has prescribed PrEP to a few individuals. If you want to start PrEP, contact the infection clinic (infektionskliniken) in Sundsvall.

Västmanland

Has prescribed PrEP to about ten individuals. If you want to start PrEP, contact the infection clinic (infektionskliniken) in Västerås.

Västra Götaland

Has prescribed PrEP to about 200 individuals. If you want to start PrEP, contact the sexual health clinic (könsmottagningen) at Sahlgrenska. You can also get PrEP through the STI clinic (STI-mottagningen) in Skövde.

Örebro

Has prescribed PrEP to about ten individuals. If you want to start PrEP, contact the infection clinic (infektionskliniken) in Örebro.

Östergötland

Has prescribed PrEP to about ten individuals. If you want to start PrEP, contact the STI clinic (STD-mottagningen) at either Vrinnevisjukhuset in Norrköping or Universitetssjukhuset in Linköping.