PrEP shop at JHC

Welcome to the PrEP Shop at JHC

We’ve set up the PrEP Shop at JHC to make it easier for you to buy generic HIV PrEP from someone you trust. By using the buying power of the NHS we aim to keep prices as affordable as we can.

Example pricing is below, and we can offer a discount if you buy multiple packs.

QuantityCostCost per pack of 30
1 pack of 30 £30 £30
3 packs of 30 £60 £20
6 packs of 30 £105 £17.50

You cannot use the PrEP Shop at JHC if you are not eligible for NHS care.

If you’re taking PrEP, it’s really important to get the right advice, run some tests, check you don’t have Hepatitis B, make sure that any other drugs or supplements you take don’t interact with PrEP, and confirm that you don’t have any other health problems that might be an issue. The PrEP Shop at JHC keeps things safe by linking all these things with the doctors and pharmacists who write and check your prescriptions.

HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) involves taking pills containing the drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine to protect you from catching HIV. It works really well if you take it correctly. 

For more information about PrEP and how to take it, our colleagues at 56 Dean Street have produced a series of informative videos.

How do I buy from PrEP Shop?

There’s some paperwork we need to complete with you before we are allowed to prescribe you PrEP. We’ll need to register you for ‘additional private care’ and then run some tests to check it’s safe to prescribe it to you.

Tell us that you want to buy from the PrEP Shop at JHC during your visit to John Hunter Clinic. We’ll explain how additional private care works and ask you to sign the paperwork.

  • We’ll ask about your medical history and if you’re taking other medicines
  • We’ll carry out kidney, blood and urine tests
  • We’ll check your hepatitis B result
  • After your appointment, we’ll ask you to email the PrEP Shop at JHC with your name, clinic number and your request (max 7-month supply between check-ups) 
  • We’ll text you a few days later to let you know that our doctor has checked the results and prescribed your medicines
  • You come in, pay and collect your prescription for PrEP from John Hunter Clinic and then pick it up next door at Boots inside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
  • We’ll advise you to get monitored at John Hunter Clinic every 3 months

What is additional private care?

Additional private care is where you buy extra healthcare on top of standard NHS care. In this case, your sexual health screening and monitoring tests are provided free by the NHS. You’ll just pay for the prescribing and supply of the PrEP drugs.

You’ll need to sign some paperwork confirming you understand the following information:

  • If you buy additional private care, your entitlement to NHS care is not affected
  • The NHS part of your care remains the same as that of other NHS patients
  • The private and NHS parts of your care will be kept as separate as possible
  • You will not be charged for your 3–6-monthly PrEP monitoring
  • The private part of your care will have the same quality assurance and audit checks as our NHS services
  • If PrEP becomes available on the NHS in the future, you won’t be entitled to a refund
  • HIV PrEP is also available elsewhere—ask one of our team for the latest information
  • We will not be able to supply PrEP if you are no longer able to afford it
  • We will not be able to prescribe generic PrEP if it is withdrawn from the UK market
  • Please read the PrEP guide provided by iBase

Other ways to get HIV PrEP

The PrEP Shop at JHC is just one way that you may be able to get HIV PrEP. There are several other options. People at very high risk of HIV may be eligible to get free NHS-funded PrEP by joining the PrEP Impact study. Please ask in clinic if you think the Impact study is for you.

It is also legal to purchase PrEP online from abroad and import up to a 3-month supply into the UK for personal use. Terrence Higgins Trust lists online suppliers that they recommend on the I want PrEP now website.

Before you start using PrEP

  • PrEP contains two anti-HIV drugs called tenofovir and emtricitabine
  • Before starting on PrEP you need a HIV, hepatitis B and kidney test
  • Check now if you take medication that there are no drug interactions with PrEP
  • PrEP doesn’t protect against other STIs—that’s why people need a check-up at John Hunter Clinic before starting PrEP and regular sexual health screening

How to take daily PrEP

  • You have to take one tablet around the same time each day
  • It takes 7 days before protection starts—after that you are still protected if you miss the occasional dose
  • If your main risk is through condomless anal sex, you need to take at least 4 doses per week
  • If your main risk is vaginal sex you need to take at least 6 doses per week
  • If you decide to stop PrEP, you must take at least 2 doses after the last risk before you stop

How to take event-based PrEP

  • In order to take PrEP ‘on demand’ you need to be able to predict sex in advance
  • Taking PrEP on demand is only suitable for anal sex and it is important not to miss any doses
  • You cannot use ‘on demand’ PrEP if you have active Hepatitis B infection
  • On demand PrEP is as effective as daily PrEP when taken correctly
  • Take 2 tablets 2–24 hours before sex and one tablet every 24 hours after the first dose
  • You should continue taking PrEP until you have taken at least 2 doses after the last risk
  • More information is in the PrEP guide provided by iBase

Further questions

Please speak with a member of our clinical team if you have any further questions.

Opening times

Monday: 9am–4pm
Tuesday: 9am–7pm
Wednesday: 1:30–7pm
Thursday: 9am–7pm
Friday: 9am–4pm
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed

•  Get directions to JHC
•  Our walk-in services

Clinic closed on bank holidays—for emergencies please go to your nearest A&E

 

Appointments

T: 020 3315 4040

Lines are open:
Mon: 8:30am–5:30pm
Tue: 8:30am–5pm
Wed: 11am–6pm
Thu: 8:30am–5pm
Fri: 8:30am–5pm
Sat: closed
Sun: closed

 

Contact information

John Hunter Clinic
St Stephen’s Centre

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road
London
SW10 9NH

Health Advisers: 020 3315 6961

 

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