Testing and monitoring while you're taking PrEP

Once you have started PrEP, you will need to go for a check-up every 3 months. 

This is to check for HIV and STIs and kidney function.

Although side effects are rare with PrEP, the clinic monitoring will help to identify any potential problems at an early stage.

After 1 month

If it is your first time taking PrEP, you may be offered an appointment after 1 month. This is to make sure you are okay with the medication or if you need any more tests or vaccinations.

Every 3 months

Every 3 months you should have a:

  • ‘4th generation’ HIV blood test
  • test for other STIs
  • blood test to check your kidney function

Every 12 months

Every 12 months you should have:

  • hepatitis C test - may need to be done more frequently