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National PrEP programme

What is the National PrEP programme?

September 2019 sees the launch of a five-year programme in which the Public Health Services (GGD, Gemeentelijke Gezondheidsdienst) in the Netherlands will offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV and care on how to use PrEP. This programme is intended for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender individuals who are at risk of contracting HIV. You are at risk of contracting HIV if you currently have (or previously had) anal sex without a condom with someone whose HIV status you were unsure of or who is not receiving (proper) treatment for their HIV.

May I participate in the National PrEP programme via the Public Health Service (GGD Amsterdam)?

At this time you cannot make an appointment to start with PrEP. There are currently no appointments available.

You can still sign up.

We hope to contact you within 6 months for an appointment.

PrEP is also available through your GP. Ask your doctor what is possible or look at PrEPnu.nl. The STI polyclinic of GGD Amsterdam chooses to give priority to MSM or transgender people who have difficulty obtaining PrEP.

If you live in Amsterdam and want to participate, registration is mandatory. This is possible via this link:

prepzorg.itforcare.nl

Mind, registration is not a guarantee of participation. Do you live outside the Amsterdam area but wish to participate in the programme? Visit the website of the public health service (GGD) in your area.

What can you expect after registering?

After registering via the website, you will receive a message from the STI outpatient clinic that you are registered or that you are not eligible to participate. If you are not eligible, check the PrEPnu.nl website for other options.

If you are scheduled for a first appointment, we will take tests and see if you can start with PrEP. You can also ask your questions. The next visit is 1 month later. After that, you come to the STI outpatient clinic every 3 months. After your appointment you buy the tablets there.

Personal contribution and payment

Due to a requirement of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, we are obliged to charge a personal contribution for the PrEP tablets (€7.50 per 30 tablets). You will receive the tablets after paying your personal contribution. The STI tests are free.

Important: you may only pay by debit card, so be sure to bring one with a sufficient balance to your appointment.

Be sure to always schedule an appointment with us before your pills run out, so you do not have to disrupt your PrEP schedule!

Can you (temporarily) stop participating in the National PrEP programme?

Participants can always stop the programme or stop taking PrEP. Should you wish to stop, discuss this with the PrEP team. You do not have to provide a reason for stopping. If you stop taking PrEP but are still at risk for contracting HIV, we advise you to consider another form of protection. For more information, visit: www.MantotMan.nl.

If you have not been to a consultation for more than six months, we will assume that you have stopped participating in the programme. We might give your place to someone else. In which case, you may only restart the programme at the Amsterdam Public Health Service if a place is available at that time.