Pay­ing for PrEP with­out break­ing the bank

GA Voice - - Health News - By DAR­IAN AARON daaron@the­gavoice.com

There’s a lot of mis­in­for­ma­tion cir­cu­lat­ing around the in­ter­net and in con­ver­sa­tions about PrEP (Pre-ex­po­sure pro­phy­laxis), the sin­gle-daily dose of Tru­vada, once only used to treat those liv­ing with HIV, but now avail­able and ap­proved by the FDA to pre­vent new HIV in­fec­tions in neg­a­tive in­di­vid­u­als. PrEP has proved to be more than 90 per­cent ef­fec­tive in clin­i­cal tri­als when taken as pre­scribed along with con­dom use. That’s great. But pay­ing for PrEP, whether you’re in­sured or not, can be a stress­ful and ex­pen­sive ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ge­or­gia Voice is here to pro­vide you with some ba­sic in­for­ma­tion about how you can get ac­cess to and pay for PrEP. This is by no means a com­pre­hen­sive list. And of course, you’ll want to con­sult your health care provider be­fore be­gin­ning any drug reg­i­men.

For the unin­sured

Gilead’s Med­i­ca­tion As­sis­tance Pro­gram: Gilead pro­vides as­sis­tance for un­in­fected in­di­vid­u­als who are el­i­gi­ble and who can­not af­ford to pay for TRU­VADA for PrEP. To learn about el­i­gi­bil­ity, con­tact Gilead’s U.S. Med­i­ca­tion As­sis­tance Pro­gram at 855-330-5479 be­tween 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Eastern). Ap­pli­cants must pro­vide proof of in­come and res­i­dency, and must meet fed­eral poverty level re­quire­ments.

Part­ner­ship for Pre­scrip­tion As­sis­tance (PPA) Pro­gram: This pro­gram is de­signed to help unin­sured Amer­i­cans get the pre­scrip­tion medicines they need at no or low cost.

You can find out if you are el­i­gi­ble by call­ing 888-4PPA-NOW (888-477-2669) or by vis­it­ing the PPA Web site, www.pparx.org.

NeedyMeds Drug Dis­count Card: An iPhone and An­droid app that helps you lo­cate the 63,000-plus phar­ma­cies na­tion­wide that ac­cept the NeedyMeds Drug Dis­count Card. Users can save up to 80 per­cent on the cost of pre­scrip­tions at par­tic­i­pat­ing phar­ma­cies.

Med­i­caid and Medi­care: Call 877-267- 2323 to de­ter­mine el­i­gi­bil­ity.

Vet­er­ans Af­fairs: Call 877-222-838 to de­ter­mine el­i­gi­bil­ity.

For the in­sured

The Gilead Co-pay Coupon Card: The Gilead Co-pay Coupon Card may be able to help you save on your Tru­vada for PrEP co­pay. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.Gilead­CoPay.com or call 877-505-6986.

Photo cour­tesy of Devon Bar­ring­ton-Ward, Do­mes­tic Ad­vo­cacy Part­ner AVAC: Global Ad­vo­cacy for HIV Preven­tion

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