Ready, Set, PrEP Program Launches, Expanding Access to HIV Prevention PrEP Medications Nationwide
|Ready, Set, PrEP Program Launches, Expanding Access to HIV Prevention PrEP Medications Nationwide
|Thousands of Americans can receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications through the Ready, Set, PrEP program led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). PrEP medications are safe and effective medications that keep people from getting HIV, but factors such as awareness and cost have been barriers for at risk individuals gaining access to the life-changing medications.
PrEP medications can significantly reduce the number of new HIV infections, but to make an impact, we have to get these medications into the hands of people who need them the most. The Ready, Set, PrEP program will increase access to these medications by removing cost barriers to individuals who qualify for the program and bring us one step closer to ending the HIV epidemic in the United States.
Recognizing the importance of expanded access to HIV PrEP medications, CVS Health, Walgreens, and Rite Aid have donated their dispensing services to HHS. Beginning no later than March 30, 2020, as part of these donations, qualified patients can obtain the PrEP medications at the more than 21,000 combined CVS Health, Walgreens, and Rite Aid locations throughout 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands or through mail order—all at no cost to patients. These pharmacies represent about a third of all the pharmacies in the United States. CVS Health, Walgreens, and Rite Aid will also provide patient counseling and take steps to promote patient adherence to the regimen. Between now and March 30, 2020 patients will be able to access PrEP medications through this program at thousands of participating pharmacies.