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From August 1, 2019, a national PrEP scheme has started. Through this scheme, GGDs can provide the HIV prevention pill to men who have sex with men (MSM) at increased risk of HIV. The scheme applies for a five-year pilot period until Aug. 1, 2024. On the website Man to Man | PrEP after Aug. 1, 2024, you can read about what PrEP care will look like after Aug. 1, 2024. The national PrEP scheme until August 1, 2024 is full.

What is PrEP?

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?

Is everyone eligible for PrEP?

In 2024, we are allowed to provide PrEP care to a maximum of 368 people in accordance with the national regulation. The GGD doctor or nurse assesses who is eligible for PrEP medication through the national regulation. In doing so, he makes an assessment of the risk of HIV and your personal situation. In addition, you can visit your family doctor or the City Clinic in Maastricht for PrEP care.  

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.

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Questions and answers about PrEP

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]: