PrEP for HIV prevention: emtricitabine with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate

Emtricitabine with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate available for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for prevention of HIV infection for people who meet the funding criteria.

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For consumers

What's PrEP?

The NZ AIDS Foundation has information about PrEP on their websites:

How do I know if I’m eligible to be prescribed funded PrEP?

Funded PrEP is available for people at high risk of contracting HIV, such as men having sex with men (MSM) or transgender people. Talk to your health care professional to discuss whether you meet the criteria. You will have to undergo some tests including for renal function and a range of STIs.

What else can I do to prevent an HIV infection?

Condoms are the main way for everyone to prevent an HIV infection.

Condoms are fully funded on prescription, are highly effective, and reduce the chance of most sexually-transmitted infections being passed from one person to another.

For prescribers

Who is eligible for PrEP?

Check the Special Authority form for the criteria your patient must meet. You can find the latest SA form in the Schedule listing.

Check the Schedule listing for PrEP(external link)

Who can prescribe funded PrEP?

Any relevant practitioner can make a Special Authority application for PrEP for HIV prevention.

Emtricibine with tenofovir disoproxil can also be used to treat HIV. This requires a different Special Authority form. Only a specialist can make a Special Authority application for emtricibine with tenofovir to treat HIV. 

Applying to become a prescriber of antiretroviral agents – Ministry of Health website(external link)

How can I learn about prescribing PrEP?

The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) provide online training courses. This training will equip you to renew PrEP applications for your patients.

Where can I find more information about PrEP?

The Burnett Foundation's website has good information if you are currently prescribing or considering prescribing PrEP, including helpful guidelines, learning modules and resources. The Burnett Foundation was previously the New Zealand AIDS Foundation.

For pharmacists

We have developed a guide to help you assess whether a prescription for emtricitabine with tenofovir disoproxil is funded. There are different processes depending on whether it is prescribed for PrEP or to treat HIV.

Is it funded: Emtricitabine with tenofovir disoproxil (PrEP)

Who to contact

If you have any questions about funded PrEP, you can contact PHARMAC: