A national PrEP-program started on 1 August 2019. The scheme allows GGDs [Regional Public Health Service] to supply the HIV prevention pill to men who have sex with other men (MSM) and who have an increased risk of HIV. This is a five-year pilot project that will be assessed after two years. By then we will know how the program works in practice.
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a tablet that can prevent an HIV infection. The tablet is intended for people who are HIV-negative, but have a bigger risk of being infected with HIV. For instance, men who have sex with other men (MSM) or transgenders who have had unprotected anal sex during the past 6 months.
If you want to take PrEP, you will need to see a doctor for regular check-ups. During these check-ups, you will undergo tests for renal function, HIV and other STIs.
Is everyone eligible for PrEP?
The GGDs in Limburg have offered PrEP care since April 2018, without providing PrEP medication. As of 1 September 2019 the GGDs in Limburg will receive funding to be able to offer 330 men who have sex with other men PrEP care and PrEP pills for €7.50 per 30 tablets.
The GGDs in Limburg think that this number, 330, will be insufficient for the total demand for PrEP in Limburg. The GGD feels that PrEP should be available for everyone in Limburg. For this reason, GGDs in Limburg are currently also offering PrEP care to clients who are not eligible and thereby covered by the national program. A GGD doctor or nurse assesses who is eligible for PrEP medication via the national program. To do this the GGD professional will assess your risk of HIV and your personal situation. You can also obtain PrEP care from your GP or via the Stadspoli (outpatients’ clinic) in Maastricht.
PrEP via your GP
Apart from the GGD, GPs can also play a role in offering PrEP care. People who are interested in PrEP can also contact their GP.
PrEP via the Stadspoli
Regardless of where you live: you can also contact the Stadspoli in Maastricht for PrEP care. A consultation at the Stadspoli is not subject to your excess deductible, but the examinations required for PrEP care are. You can be referred by your GP or the GGD.
Are you interested in PrEP?
We have a waiting list for PrEP due to the excessive amount of interest. Contact us for more information.
- What does PrEP do exactly?
Each PrEP tablet contains two HIV-inhibitors, i.e., emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil. PrEP only protects against HIV, not against other STDs. PrEP is reliable if you take the tablet conscientiously and at the right moments.
- How to take PrEP?
There are two ways to take PrEP: one tablet a day, or at moments when you have sex. The decision about which method suits you best depends on your sex life, and is made in consultation with the doctor.
For further background information, check the following factsheets published by the Aids Fund and Soa Aids Nederland [STD Aids the Netherlands]: