What is PrEP?
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP involves the use of daily oral HIV medication (called antiretrovirals) by people who are HIV negative to prevent HIV infection. A person who is HIV negative can reduce their chance of getting HIV by taking PrEP regularly, consistently and correctly.
For more information and to help decide if PrEP is right for you, speak with a doctor or nurse practitioner in your area, or visit:
How to Access PrEP:
Book an appointment
Book an appointment with a local physician or nurse practitioner (NP).All physicians and some NPs in British Columbia can prescribe PrEP. Some resources that may help provide guidance to your health-care provider include:
- BCCDC SmartSex Resource-HIV PrEP Provider Toolkit
- BCCfE HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Guidelines and Forms
- Rapid Expert Advice and Consultation for HIV for physicians, nurses and pharmacists (REACH)
Need help finding a doctor in your area?
- Divisions of Family Practice
Contact a Health Outreach nurse
Contact a local Health Outreach nurse for support in linking to a provider in your area or to answer any further questions you may have.
What is Tele-PrEP?
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and Interior Health are running a pilot program to help individuals in the Interior region who are having difficulty accessing PrEP through a local prescriber.
The physician team at the BCCDC STI/HIV Clinic will offer online virtual health visits to eligible individuals. Together with a local team in the Interior, the program offers:
- Required and recommended testing
- Treatment for positive STI results
- Delivery of PrEP for client pick-up
The initial appointment is booked by calling the BCCDC STI Clinic reception.
A nurse will then follow up by phone to review the process and provide any necessary lab requisitions and documents prior to the virtual appointment with the physician.
To book an appointment call: 604.707.5600 and request a Tele-PrEP appointment.