The SwissPrEPared Program
Many of you have told us about situations in which you felt that you had not received optimal advice from your health care provider. Be it that your doctors were not always up to date on PrEP and HIV, or that they did not know how to talk about PrEP and sexual health, your needs were not met. We want to support all doctors who prescribe PrEP to improve the overall quality of care for people with an increased HIV risk.
Here’s the deal:
Questionnaire: If you join SwissPrEPared, you will fill out a questionnaire before each visit. This will help ensure that no important topic is forgotten and that all important checks are carried out.
Doctor training: Your doctors will be regularly trained as part of the program and will always receive the latest information from HIV and PrEP research.
Feedback: Beside the questionnaire, you can always tell us your needs and concerns at any time (link to the contact form). Your help will improve the care of the community.
Always up to date: Just like your doctors, you will receive regular information on PrEP and sexual health. In addition, we will support you in taking PrEP and will remind you about upcoming check-ups.
At the political level, we are committed to improving access to PrEP in Switzerland and to reducing the cost of medical check-ups.
Aside from the existing sources, PrEP is available within the SwissPrEPared program in all participating centres.
This is how it works:
The prescription will be sent to a central pharmacy after the medical check-up. The medication is then conveniently delivered to your home within a few days. You can order up to 3 packs at once. Billing is done via an invoice directly with the pharmacy and not with the SwissPrEPared centre. Deliveries to an alternative address (e.g. to the place of work) are also possible.
The SwissPrEPared Study
PrEP works! If taken correctly, it reduces the risk of an HIV infection by 99%. This is scientifically proven. But because PrEP is relatively new, there are still many unanswered questions.
- What influence will PrEP have on the HIV epidemic in Switzerland?
- How do we reach the people who need PrEP most?
- How does sexuality change when you are on PrEP?
- How can we reduce the number of other sexually transmitted diseases?
- How can we ensure that PrEP is taken as prescribed?
- What other needs do people who belong to a sexual minority have for the health system?
- What are the long-term effects of PrEP on people who do not have HIV (in people with HIV, we have known the drug for 20 years)?
Datasets analysed during the current study are not publicly available due to the sensitive nature of the data. Investigators with a request for selected data should send a proposal to SwissPrEPared. The provision of data will be considered by the Scientific Board of the SwissPrEPared cohort study and the relevant study team. Data provision is subject to Swiss legal and ethical regulations, and will be detailed in a material and data transfer agreement.