PrEP is widely recognised as an effective prevention strategy against contracting HIV. The latest research demonstrates that people during high risk periods of their lives are effectively protected if PrEP is taken daily as prescribed. While PrEP has few side effects, we encourage people taking PrEP to maintain regular contact with their GP for routine monitoring and regular STI checks.
PRONTO! has a GP led PrEP Clinic that can support clients currently enrolled into the PrEPX study being conducted by The Alfred hospital or assist clients who wish to self import PrEP drugs on their own.
Clients that have registered their interest on the PrEPX Trial wait list will be contacted and advised to book appointments as they become available. If you are on the Alfred Hospital waiting list, please call PRONTO! to book your trial registration appointment. DO NOT book online for an initial PrEPX Trial appointment.
If you are not on the Alfred Hospital waiting list, we will not be able to register you for PrEPX Trial. Our doctors can assist you in self importing PrEP if you wish, and appointments to do this can be booked online or by phone.
Clients currently importing and taking PrEP may need to undertake baseline pathology testing again as a part of the PrEPX enrolment process. PrEPX trial participants must meet eligibility criteria and once enrolled will be able to access generic Truvada for $38.30 / 3 month supply ($6.20 health care Concession Card holders). Participants will be required to attend regular, routine follow up appointments and may be asked to participate in periodic surveys a part of the trial.
Book an appointment online to:
- Talk to an experienced, non judgemental GP to find out more about PrEP, it’s efficacy, side effects and to ask any questions you might have;
- Enrol in the PrEPX trial if places are available;
- Start the PrEP journey by undertaking important baseline tests including HIV, Hepatitis, STI’s, bone health and kidney health;
- Get scripts and current information on how to safely and legally import generic PrEP drugs from overseas, for those not wishing to or unable to participate in the PrEPX Trial;
- Undertake routine three monthly check ups to make sure everything is ok.
Clients that identify as Trans or Gender Diverse can also access PrEP and enrol in PrEPX through our Equinox Gender Diverse Health Service. A limited number of places have been reserved for TGD clients who wish to enrol in the PrEPX Trial at Equinox. Appointments for Equinox can be booked by calling 03 9416 2889.
Medicare Card holders: The PrEP clinic and PrEPX trial are bulk billed to Medicare. We must see your Medicare card on the day of the appointment. Pathology will be bulk billed (Subject to change according to changes in the Medicare fee schedule rules and /or pathology company billing policies).
Non-Medicare Card holders: Clients without Medicare are welcome to access the service, however fees for the consultation and pathology do apply and are payable on the day. The items charged may be eligible to be claimed through private health insurance and a receipt will be issued on the day. Clients without Medicare are ineligible to enrol in the PrEPX Trial.
Pathology fees are set by the pathology companies and bulk billing eligibility is determined by the Medicare.
Bookings are available online. As appointments for this service are limited, we ask that all clients confirm appointment bookings via SMS when requested and encourage client to give advance notice if they are unable to attend appointments.