Better PrEP Access: Ready, Set, PrEP | SIDE by SIDE
15 Sep 2021

Better PrEP Access: Ready, Set, PrEP

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just made it easier for people to get PrEP HIV prevention medication at no cost to them. People can have their medication sent directly to their home or healthcare provider (in participating states) by enrolling in the Ready, Set, PrEP initiative.

The Ready, Set, PrEP program provides free HIV-prevention treatment to people who don’t currently have health insurance coverage for prescription drugs. It makes it easier for people to protect themselves from HIV by taking one pill a day. This will help stop people from contracting HIV and bring us closer to ending the HIV epidemic in America.

 

Do I qualify?

You may qualify for the Ready, Set, PrEP program if you:

  • do not have health insurance coverage for prescription drugs 
  • have taken an HIV test and received a negative result before starting the program 
  • have a prescription for PrEP 
  • live in the United States, including tribal lands and territories

You will not have to pay for your medicine if you get it from this program. Costs of clinic visits or tests may vary depending on your income level.

 

How do I enroll?

  1. Talk to a provider. If you are interested in enrolling in the Ready, Set, PrEP program, you will need to talk with a doctor to see if PrEP is right for you. If you don’t have a doctor that you see regularly, or you can’t afford to visit a doctor, you can use our resource finder tool to locate a nearby clinic that will provide PrEP consultations and ongoing PrEP visits and lab tests at little or no cost to you.
  2. Enroll online or by phone. Once you have a prescription, go to readysetprep.hiv.gov or call toll-free (855) 447-8410 to enroll. You will need to answer a few questions and provide the doctor’s name who wrote your prescription.

PrEP is a really great option to consider if you are placed at risk of contracting HIV. We must make this information known and available for anyone who needs it, which is why we created the resource finder on our site. You can use this tool to get connected with a health care provider in your area so they can discuss what options might be best for you.

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