US Gov To Make PrEP Free Through Insurance

Single pills (brand name Truvada) containing two antiretroviral drugs, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxyl fumarate. Truvada is used for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, a strategy in which healthy people routinely take antiretrovirals to reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV. / Image via NIAID (CC)

The U.S. government is making a strong push in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The Department of Labor and the Department of Treasury have released new guidance alongside the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The guidance mandates that almost all insurance companies within the United States of America must make PrEP, the HIV prevention pill otherwise known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, free with no cost-sharing. This means that almost all insured individuals in the United States of America should be able to get the HIV prevention pill along with free and crucial clinical visits and lab tests.

This decision does come with some exceptions and complications, however. When it comes to getting Descovy over Truvada, there’s an extra hurdle. Descovy is the more recent version of the drug that is slightly more effective and people who used daily Descovy had smaller changes in kidney biomarkers and slightly less bone loss. . A prescribing physician will have to persuade an insurer that Descovy is necessary for each specific patient to qualify for the free cost.

The anti-retroviral drug Truvada, which is a combination of tenofovir and emtricitabine. / Image via Jeffrey Beall (CC)

The announcement of this guidance has come with praise from health experts and HIV/AIDS prevention/treatment advocates.

“Very welcome news and long overdue,” wrote Dr. Ofole Mgbako of Columbia Medicine on Twitter. “Now we need free access for the uninsured, who make up a significant portion of those living with HIV, particularly in the South and states without Medicaid expansion.”

 “While we need state Medicaid authorities and departments of insurance to follow through on implementation, this memo from the federal government literally made me jump for joy,” said Jim Pickett, senior director of prevention advocacy and gay men’s health at AIDS Foundation Chicago. “This has the potential to wipe out many of the access obstacles we face with PrEP provision. I look forward to radical improvements in PrEP access, particularly for the communities who are most vulnerable to HIV.” 

The new guidance states that insurers have 60 days to comply to this policy change.


Source: NBC News,

3 thoughts on “US Gov To Make PrEP Free Through Insurance”

  1. Exactly. They’re still peddling these toxic chemo drugs from the 30s? Holy shit, HIV is NOT CANCER, do NOT treat it as CANCER. WTF.

    All of these peusdo fucking scientists need to be fired. Ten years ago.

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    • The fact that this is even happening just proves how foolish we are, failing to ask the right questions, succumbing to fear and poison. No wonder Covid went off without a hitch x.x

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  2. “Slightly less toxic”?………. Sounds very scientific. Someone’s been doing their chemistry! Can we steer clear of using terms like toxic and toxins? It’s totally misleading.

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