The Alfred has led access to PrEP in Victoria through the VicPrEP Research Study. In 2016, we started the PrEPX Research Study which provided over 4000 people in Victoria access to PrEP. The study further expanded, providing access to PrEP in South Australia and Tasmania.
Clinical service overview
PrEP will become subsidised by the Government on 1 April 2018 and readily available through PBS. The Alfred will continue to play a leadership role in PrEP and our first priority is to successfully transition all those on the PrEPX study into accessiblity through the PBS.
We will continue to undertake and lead research in PrEP, through the X-Plore Study. This study will aim to follow consenting participants from the PrEPX study for a further 5 years, in order to measure longer term health outcomes.
We will continue to provide clinics at The Alfred and in our partner outreach services. We will lead a Victorian response to PrEP by supporting patients, health services, GPs, pharmacists and pathology service. This means we will:
- work closely with GPs and health services to support access to PrEP across Victoria
- provide an information and advice service for GPs and people seeking to find out where PrEP is available
- be a referral point for GPs who need specialist advice on PrEP
- provide clinical support to people who have complex health issues who seek to access PrEP
- offer second opinions to people who fall outside the clinical guidelines for PrEP to see if PrEP can be provided
PrEP fact sheet - AFAO 251 KB
This fact sheet provided by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) explains what PrEP access through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) means for those accessing this medicine.
Victorian guidance on PrEP 544 KB
This document provides medical practitioners with information on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission.
ASHM Australian PrEP Guidelines
ASHM PrEP GP online learning module
Evidence informing clinical guidance for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is rapidly evolving. This online learning module provides guidance for general practitioners to better understand and safely prescribe PrEP.
Pathology Guide - Collection of samples for STI screen (MSM) 357 KB