Is On-Demand PrEP right for me?
On-Demand PrEP is only recommended for:
- Cis-gendered guys who have sex with other guys, and you don’t have a chronic hepatitis B infection.
If this is you then there are a few questions that can help you identify if On-Demand is right for you.
Are you good at following schedules?
On-Demand requires that you stick to the dosing schedule closely. Any missed dose will mean that this type of prevention strategy may not work. If you are generally forgetful or have trouble keeping track of medicines you are prescribed, then maybe On-Demand may not be the best option for you. However, there are tips that you can use to remind you of when you need to take On-Demand PrEP.
Is cost a factor?
On-demand PrEP involves using fewer pills compared to daily PrEP, so it works out to be more affordable than paying to use medication every day. If you have Medicare, it costs no more than $41.00 for 30 pills, or $6.60 with a concession card. If you experiencing financial issues which may prevent you from accessing PrEP then head to PAN [hyperlinked] as they can help out.
How often are you having sex?
A common reason guys stop daily PrEP is related to not having enough sex to warrant using it. With on-demand PrEP, you can still benefit from powerful protection just for those times when you do have sex without having to use or pay for medication you don’t need. For anyone having sex twice a week or more, daily PrEP is the recommended option — you’ll be ready for action whenever it comes your way.
How comfortable are you with taking pills?
Not everyone’s comfortable using medication every day. On-demand PrEP might be more appealing because you decide when you want to use it and when you don’t. As long as you can plan ahead or delay sex for at least two hours while the medication gets to work in your body, on-demand PrEP can maximise your protection while minimising the amount of medication you use. If you’re comfortable taking one pill a day, then daily PrEP is a great choice.
To find out more about what is involved in taking On-Demand PrEP and whether it may work for you, please watch the video below.