Program Gives Uninsured Free HIV Prevention Drugs
Use of these daily drugs — called PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) — significantly reduces the risk that a person who is HIV-free will contract the AIDS-causing virus through sex or injection drug use, the Associated Press reported.
However only about 18% of the 1.2 million Americans who might benefit from the medications got a prescription last year, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
Without insurance, the drugs can cost a person up to $2,000 a month, the AP reported.
Expanding access to PrEP is an important part of the federal government’s aim of ending the nation’s HIV epidemic by 2030.