Depending on what other risk reduction practices you use, including condoms, you may find yourself negotiating sex and risk where your PrEP status becomes relevant.
How this is negotiated will depend on whether you are with a regular or casual sexual partner. If you talk about PrEP with your sexual partners, friends and family, you may find yourself becoming an educator in certain situations.
Sometimes this may be a welcome opportunity, while at other times it may become a more difficult task. This type of informal community education is something that many people with HIV have been dealing with for some time, so if you have any HIV positive friends, it might be worth asking them about the strategies they use. If you want to refer people to more information, this booklet is available online at: endinghiv.org.au/nsw/stay-safe/prep
PrEP is still new and not well understood across the community. Often a frank and open discussion or referring to accurate information can help educate and reassure people. It is important to remember that taking PrEP is a responsible step that someone takes to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV.
For HIV positive partners of people on PrEP, the legal requirement for disclosure of being HIV positive under the Public Health Act has not changed. There has not been a test case to determine whether the partner being on PrEP would constitute taking “reasonable precautions” as a legal defence.
For more information on the legal requirements about disclosure of HIV status you can go to:
Living Positive Victoria, in partnership with the Victorian AIDS Council, has developed a guide for people with HIV on how to talk about PrEP with their HIV negative friends and partners and this can be accessed at:
WHAT IS PrEP?
“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, with “prophylaxis” meaning “to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease.” PrEP is a new HIV prevention method in which people who do not have HIV infection take a pill daily to reduce their risk of contracting HIV. The pill is called Truvada and it contains two antiviral medicines. These are the same drugs used to suppress the virus in people living with HIV. Read More at: