axess Empowherment

PrEParing women for a healthier future

Are you a woman having unprotected sex? You might need PrEP.

Empowherment: PrEParing women for a healthier future

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a pill you can take to reduce your chance of getting HIV from sex.

When taken as prescribed, PrEP reduces your risk of HIV by up to 99%.

PrEP is available free at axess. Book a PrEP consultation here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take PrEP?

PrEP is for anyone that is having sex and may be at risk of HIV. It is available free on the NHS.

We recommend PrEP if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have more than one sexual partner and do not use condoms
  • You do not know the HIV status of your partners and do not use condoms
  • You have had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as gonorrhoea or syphilis in the last year
  • Your partner comes from a country with high rates of HIV
  • You exchange sex for money, shelter or another reason
  • You or your partner inject drugs
How do I take PrEP?

For people having vaginal and/or anal sex, PrEP can be taken daily.

Recent guidance has indicated that women can use an event-based dosage. Click here to find out more.

Can I take PrEP as well as contraception?

Yes, you can safely use PrEP and contraception.

PrEP does not interact with any forms of contraception, including emergency contraception.

Can I take PrEP if I am pregnant?

Yes, PrEP is safe to use during pregnancy. There is no evidence to suggest PrEP is harmful.

Will PrEP affect my fertility?

No, there is no evidence to suggest PrEP reduces fertility in either men or women.

If you are planning for pregnancy and have questions, speak to your nurse of doctor.