Stopping and starting PrEP during the pandemic.


  • Jo Whelan
  • Medical News
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The Prepster website is featuring advice for PrEP users on stopping and starting PrEP during the COVID-19 pandemic. If stopping, cis men are advised to carry on taking PrEP for another two sex-free days after the last day of having sex. All others are advised to keep taking it for seven sex-free days. Individuals who have not had sex since stopping PrEP can start it again as normal. The website also gives a procedure to follow for those who have had a possible sexual exposure to HIV since stopping PrEP.

Event-based PrEP is also an option with some PrEP brands, but only for men who have sex with men. The website has detailed instructions for users on this issue. Event-based PrEP has not been studied with TAF/FTC (Descovy or generic equivalent) and is not recommended with this regimen, Prepster says.

Prepster also has user-friendly UK-based resources on a range of COVID-19-related topics including:

  • COVID-19 and living with HIV
  • Does PrEP prevent COVID?
  • Accessing PrEP and other medications during the pandemic
  • Information for older people
  • COVID-19 and pregnancy
  • Information in comic-strip format for queer men of colour in the UK on making informed decisions about sex during the pandemic