HOW MUCH DOES PrEP COST AT PULSE CLINIC?
The usual costs for FIRST VISIT* are:
1. Consultation 500 THB
2. Rapid HIV test (20min) 500 THB**
3. Rapid Syphilis test (20min) 500 THB**
4. Kidney tests 500 THB
5. Hepatitis B virus screening 550 THB
6. PrEP Medications (chose one of these)
Truvada 3300 THB/Bottle/Month
Ricovir-Em 1500 THB/Bottle/Month
Teno-Em 1100 THB/Bottle/Month
*The whole process takes 30 minutes if you are ON TIME
**Result within 20 minutes
PULSE clinic is working with iWantPrEPnow, UK, to provide PrEP ONLINE to countries allowed by law. For people who have prescription and re-visitor of PULSE clinic, now you can submit your prescription/blood test result from your doctor and order PrEP online HERE.
What is PrEP?
“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. The word “prophylaxis” means to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease. The goal of PrEP is to prevent HIV infection from taking hold if you are exposed to the virus. This is done by taking a pill that contains 2 HIV medications every day.
Why take PrEP?
The HIV epidemic in Thailand is growing. About 20,000 people get infected with HIV each year. More of these infections are happening in some groups of people and some areas of the country than in others. Taking PrEP could help prevent HIV infection.
Should I consider taking PrEP?
PrEP is for those who have a high risk of coming in contact with HIV by not using a condom when they have sex with a person who has HIV infection.
You should consider PrEP if you are a man or woman who sometimes has sex without using a condom, especially if you have a sex partner who you know has HIV infection, if you don’t know whether your partner has HIV infection but you know that your partner is at risk (for example, your partner inject drugs or is having sex with other people in addition to you) or if you have recently been told by a health care provider that you had a sexually transmitted infection. If your partner has HIV infection, PrEP could be an option to help protect you from getting HIV infection while you try to get pregnant, during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding.
Truvada for PrEP provides 92%-99% reduction in HIV risk for HIV-negative individuals who
take the pills every day as directed. If a daily dose is missed, the level of HIV protection may decrease. It only works if you take it. People who use PrEP correctly and consistently have higher
levels of protection against HIV.
According to data analysis from the iPrEx study that found PrEP to be effective:
- For people who take 7 PrEP pills per week, their estimated level of protection is 99%.
- For people who take 4 PrEP pills per week, their estimated level of protection is 96%.
- For people who take 2 PrEP pills per week, their estimated level of protection is 76%.
SIDE EFFECTS AND SAFETY MONITORING?
Rates of side effects while on PrEP are low. Mild symptoms such as mild stomach discomfort, dizziness and loss of appetite may appear the first few weeks. Although the risk of side effects from PrEP are very low, safety monitoring is important. When HIV-positive people use the same meds, it is important to check kidney function before starting PrEP and routinely every three months while taking PrEP.
HOW LONG SHOULD A PERSON TAKE PrEP?
PrEP is appropriate for periods of time when people have greater risk for contracting HIV. Those periods may be short or long or
recurrent, depending on the individual. The Center of Disease Control (USA) also recommends that before people discontinue PrEP, we would do ongoing HIV risk-reduction counseling and
support. For people who have hepatitis B, we should also discuss whether to continue treatment as a means to control their hepatitis.
HOW MANY BOTTLE CAN I GET FROM THE CLINIC?
Normally custom allows to bring in 3-6 bottles for personal use, if you can not make a trip to Thailand more than once a year and need to get more bottles, please ask the doctor in charge at the clinic. If you come from The Netherlands, you can get maximum 10 bottles ! Ref: https://aidsfonds.nl/nieuws/prep-vanuit-het-buitenland-is-geen-taboe
IF I HAVE COMPLETE BLOOD TEST AT ANOTHER MEDICAL FACILITY, WHICH INCLUDE HIV & STDs, CAN I USE THAT TO GET PrEP AT THE CLINIC?
You can bring the official reports to the clinic ans show it to the doctor, your doctor will consider that according to your test results and date that the test was done.
WITHOUT BLOOD TEST, AM I ABLE TO GET PrEP?
That is a black market, we DO NOT SUPPORT BLACK MARKET. If you take PrEP without knowing that you are HIV positive, it can lead to drug resistant HIV infection. What we are trying to provide for our community is smart and proper way to be protected by PrEP.
IS IT A GOOD IDEA TO BUY PrEP FROM PHARMACY OR ON INTERNET WITHOUT GETTING TESTED OR PRESCRIPTION?
Buying medication over the internet or from the pharmacy is bad idea unless you can be sure that the supplier is legitimate.
Otherwise there is a risk that you may be given fake pills that do not work or which cause you harm. And if side effects or complications happen, those supplier will not be able to
and will not take care of you. It is also important that anyone being prescribed PrEP has medical supervision for this to happen. Because
continuous care is important as long as you're taking PrEP.
IF YOU ARE COMING TO BANGKOK,
BOOK AN APPOINTMENT AND COME ON TIME.
BUT IF YOU ARE NOT IN BANGKOK,
THERE ARE WAYS TO GET PrEP !!!
CONTACT US !!!
Pulse Healthcare Central, Hong Kong www.pulse-clinic.com/hk