Do I still need condoms while on PrEP?
Whether you decide to continue using condoms after starting PrEP is ultimately a personal decision. However, it is important to be aware that:
- Condoms are effective at preventing HIV and other STIs.
- PrEP only prevents HIV and will not protect you from other STIs.
For some, a combination of PrEP and condom use works best due to the combined protection against HIV and STIs. However, it is worth noting that some STIs are transmitted orally (for more information on STIs click here) and condom use will not be effective for some sexual activities. This is why regular testing is also important, alongside PrEP and condom use.
Where to get condoms
Most sexual health (GUM) clinics, many youth services and some GP practices can provide condoms free of charge. However, due the Covid-19 pandemic, it is advised you call your local clinic or GP practice before turning up in person.
You can purchase your own supply of low-cost, high quality condoms from Freedoms, our trusted NHS supplier. Of course, you can also buy condoms at the supermarket, at your high street chemist, as well as at many newsagents and 24-hour petrol stations.
FREE CONDOMS FOR GAY & BISEXUAL MEN IN LONDON
Gay and bisexual men living in London are eligible for our Do It London free home condom delivery service. To access this service see our Online Service Offer page.