- Australian men ditching condoms in favour of a new sex pill available from GP
- Around 17,000 gay and bisexual men take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) pill
- The PrEP pill prevents HIV and was subsidised by the Federal Government
Australian men are ditching condoms in favour of a new sex pill which is readily available at pharmacies after a short interview with a GP.
The pill, called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), is used to present the spread of HIV and has become increasingly popular in the gay community.
A study by The Lanclet medical journal, which involved 17,000 gay and bisexual men in Victoria and New South Wales, showed roughly one quarter of men were taking the pill to protect themselves.
The study found a decrease in the use of condoms during anal intercourse between 2013 and 2017.
Australian men are ditching condoms in favour of a new sex pill which is available after a few quick questions with the GP
The study revealed 17,000 gay and bisexual men in Sydney and Melbourne are taking the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) pill which prevents the risk of HIV (stock image)
Anal intercourse with no protection increases the risk of sexual partners of acquiring a HIV.
The PeRP pill is an effective pill for men who are having unprotected anal intercourse with men, and it has seen a reduction of HIV infections amongst men.
The pills can be prescribed by the GP after a few questions about the individuals other possible medications and blood test.
The doctor is able to give three months worth of pills, who still inform individuals about the importance of condoms.
However, the pill may affect the liver, and users are encouraged to get checked out every time they come back for another set of pills.
In Victoria, infections among gay and bisexual men have reduced by 16% and in NSW HIV notifications have almost halved in the last five years.
In April, the Federal Government agreed to subsidise the anti-HIV drug to make it more affordable and accessible.
Doctors still inform individuals about the importance of condoms