Buying PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) in Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam
#1
Are there any places to buy bottles of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) in Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi for a tourist without a prescription?

And what is the cost?
 
Southeast Asia
#2
I will try and stop at some of the local pharmacies in Ho Chi Minh and inquire for you.

I've been planning to visit the pharmacies in Ho Chi Minh to see how much Viagra and Cialis cost, so I will also ask about PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) when I am in there. I'm running low on my Kamagra from Bangkok, so I need to get some more.

And maybe other people know of some reputable pharmacies in HCM?
 
Southeast Asia
#3
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I visited Pharmacity in Ho Chi Minh, which is one of the more reputable, popular pharmacies in Vietnam.

The pharmacist working the counter spoke decent English. I showed them this thread on my phone, specifically asking about the costs for PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). At first, the pharmacist didn't know what I was talking about and had to check their computer system. She was able to find it in their system, and then she knew about this specific medicine.

She said PrEP is not sold at any pharmacy in Vietnam. I asked her how to get some, and she said it's only sold at hospitals in Vietnam. She said it requires a doctor's visit, who will check the patient, and will prescribe PrEP if necessary.

I pressed her further, asking if PrEP requires a prescription to be sold at the local pharmacies, thinking you can just pay someone extra money, and her response is Pharmacity does not carry any PrEP medicine at any of their stores.
 
Hanoi, Vietnam
#4
Thanks for following up.

I went to a couple pharmacies during my Vietnam travels, and they don't have PrEP either. I think this is because they need to test you first before you can safely take it.

Buying PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) in Ho Chi Minh
I did a Google search for PrEP in Ho Chi Minh, and you can buy from PrEP Vietnam. I sent them a message, and they said you can buy at 49 Co Bac in District 1, and the price is 700,000 VND for one month.

Buying PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) in Hanoi
And for anyone wanting PrEP in Hanoi, you can buy PrEP from the Light Clinic.
 
#8
My local friends know one or two pharmacies that sell PrEP, but he said it's more expensive without a prescription, around 1,000,000-1,500,000 VND for a month's supply.
 
Hanoi, Vietnam
#9
My local friends know one or two pharmacies that sell PrEP, but he said it's more expensive without a prescription, around 1,000,000-1,500,000 VND for a month's supply.
That's pretty expensive.

Ideally, you want to do some preliminary tests before taking PrEP, so it's not a great idea to just get it over the counter. You want to go to a sexual health clinic.

If you already have HIV, taking PrEP could make your HIV more resistant to treatment drugs, so definitely don't take PrEP until you're absolutely sure you don't have HIV. HIV remains undetectable for 4 weeks AFTER a possible initial exposure.

The doctor will also run a liver function test before you take PrEP.
 
#10
That's pretty expensive.

Ideally, you want to do some preliminary tests before taking PrEP, so it's not a great idea to just get it over the counter. You want to go to a sexual health clinic.

If you already have HIV, taking PrEP could make your HIV more resistant to treatment drugs, so definitely don't take PrEP until you're absolutely sure you don't have HIV. HIV remains undetectable for 4 weeks AFTER a possible initial exposure.

The doctor will also run a liver function test before you take PrEP.
True, it's definitely better to get checked first, but for those who don't want to check, there's always at least one or two places out there. Just have to do more research lol
 
Hanoi, Vietnam
#11
True, it's definitely better to get checked first, but for those who don't want to check, there's always at least one or two places out there. Just have to do more research lol
The health clinics I mentioned in this post do the liver and HIV checks during the same visit as when you get your PrEP.

The results are basically instant and the prices are very affordable.

If you tell them you were already checked for HIV and know for certain you don't have it (or you just need more PrEP because your current supply is running low), they will give you more PrEP without doing those checks.
 
#12
Are there any places to buy bottles of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) in Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi for a tourist without a prescription?

And what is the cost?
California just passed a law which goes into effect Jan 1st 2020. You can get 60 days supply at any pharmacy w/o a prescription (one time only) then you need to visit a doctor for a renewal.
 
#13
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I visited Pharmacity in Ho Chi Minh, which is one of the more reputable, popular pharmacies in Vietnam.

The pharmacist working the counter spoke decent English. I showed them this thread on my phone, specifically asking about the costs for PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). At first, the pharmacist didn't know what I was talking about and had to check their computer system. She was able to find it in their system, and then she knew about this specific medicine.

She said PrEP is not sold at any pharmacy in Vietnam. I asked her how to get some, and she said it's only sold at hospitals in Vietnam. She said it requires a doctor's visit, who will check the patient, and will prescribe PrEP if necessary.

I pressed her further, asking if PrEP requires a prescription to be sold at the local pharmacies, thinking you can just pay someone extra money, and her response is Pharmacity does not carry any PrEP medicine at any of their stores.
HI Logan, what's the cost of Cialis and viagra? Can you get it without a prescription?
 
California, SJ
#14
How much do I need if I just plan to visit for 1 week? Does it work instantly or Inhave to take it like one week in advance?
 
California, SJ
#16
After reading the post, I went to parenthood, they wanted 400 dollars for all the test and told me the medication is $1000 of dollars.

Can I come to ho chi minh and visit the clinic and take the test and get prescribed? Anyone tried it yet? What time do they open til?
 
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