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Stopping PrEP

If you decide you want to stop taking PrEP altogether, you need to discuss this with your healthcare provider.

They can:

  • make sure you stop PrEP safely
  • organise any tests you may need
  • provide advice on future HIV and STI prevention

You can restart PrEP if your circumstances change in the future

If you have stopped PrEP and think you may have been exposed to HIV, you should consider taking PEP. This should be as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours after the risk.

How to stop PrEP

Anal sex

If you’ve been taking PrEP to prevent HIV through anal sex, continue taking it for 48 hours after the last risk for HIV.

This means taking 2 final doses of PrEP: 1 dose the day after and 1 dose 2 days after your last risk. Take PrEP at your regular time.

Vaginal or frontal sex

If you’ve been taking PrEP to prevent HIV through vaginal or frontal sex, continue taking it for 7 days after the last risk for HIV. During this time, take PrEP at your regular time.

Injecting or slamming drugs

If you are also injecting drugs or slamming chems, you should continue taking PrEP for 7 days after the last risk for HIV. During this time, take the PrEP at your regular time.