Once you have started PrEP, it is essential to monitor for HIV and STIs, and check your kidney function on a regular basis.
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 - it may need to be done more frequently depending on your circumstances