Ending the HIV Epidemic : Ready, Set, PrEP
Ready, Set, PrEP Expands Access to HIV Prevention Medications for Thousands of People
Although more than one million people who are at risk for HIV in the United States could benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications, only a small fraction receive it. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched Ready, Set, PrEP , a nationwide program that makes PrEP medications available at no cost to individuals who lack prescription drug coverage.
Why Should I Take PrEP Medication?
PrEP medications allows those at risk for HIV to take control of their health and reduce their risk. If you are at risk of HIV exposure, ask a healthcare professional if PrEP medication is right for you. PrEP medications only protect against HIV, so condoms are still important to prevent other sexually transmitted infections.
How Does It Work?
PrEP medications are safe and effective and can help prevent HIV. When taken prior to an exposure, PrEP medications can work to prevent HIV.
Do I Qualify?
The Ready, Set, PrEP program provides access to PrEP medications at no cost to people who qualify. To receive PrEP through the program, you must:
Test negative for HIV;Have a valid prescription from your healthcare provider; andNot have health insurance coverage for outpatient prescription drugs.
If you receive PrEP medication through the Ready, Set, PrEP program, you will not have to pay for the medicine. The costs of clinic visits and lab test costs may vary depending on your income.