According to UNAIDS, “due to the missed HIV prevention targets between 2016 and 2020, an additional 3.5 million people acquired HIV infection and will require HIV treatment for life”. Important innovations in biomedical tools combined with differentiated service delivery (DSD) provide an opportunity for expediting scale-up of prevention services.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is one of the important biomedical tools available to prevent HIV. After an assessment of HIV status through differentiated testing, PrEP could be prescribed to adults and adolescents who test negative for HIV and are at high risk of acquiring HIV. Increasing PrEP access, uptake and retention can reduce HIV incidence and create an important entrance point into healthcare services, especially for those that do not often go to the healthcare facilities. PrEP, therefore, is an essential component of a combination HIV prevention package.

A number of best practice examples have been documented on differentiated services for PrEP. Below you will find additional resources curated by the IAS – the International AIDS Society – , through its DSD programme and in collaboration with various partners. 

Building blocks of DSD for PrEP – Adapting the when, where, who and what