A free community forum on HIV prevention medication PrEP will be held on Wednesday, August 17.
The Queensland AIDS Council will host the forum “#comePrepd @ the Pub” to discuss what PrEP means to the LGBTI community, and discuss how PrEP has been a “game changer” for the many people already using it.
PrEP, short for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a form of HIV prevention used by HIV negative people who are at risk of acquiring HIV. PrEP involves taking a pill once a day, and research has shown that it has a high rate of effectiveness if taken correctly.
QuAC executive director Michael Scott said while a lot of information about PrEP is available online, the community response to PrEP is vital and the medication must be understood.
“Whilst PrEP is definitely a game changer in HIV prevention, a lot of people know very little about it,” he said.
“We hope the forum will provide an opportunity for people to ask questions and air any concerns they may have.
“There are still many people who are unsure about whether PrEP is right for them. We would strongly encourage anyone who is unsure about PrEP to come to the forum.”
Speakers at the forum will include Dr Tracy Schrader from Clinic 30, Health Promotion Officers from QuAC, and community members already using PrEP who will share their experiences.
There will also be an update on the upcoming QPrEPd Demonstration Project, which aims to offer PrEP to 2000 participants throughout Queensland.
Mr Scott said PrEP is “far more complex” than just visiting a doctor and taking a pill a day.
“QuAC already knows that PrEP is changing our community’s sexual health negotiation, challenging stigma attached to HIV and for some people allowing people to enjoy sex without fear for the first time in their lives,” he said.
The #comePrepd @ the Pub forum will be held on Wednesday August 17, downstairs at the Sportsman Hotel in Brisbane. Doors open at 6:30 for a 7pm start, and entry is free.