What is PrEP?
- PrEP, is a way to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day.
- Truvada was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration FDA as PrEP in July 2012.
- When used consistently, PrEP has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at substantial risk.
- PrEP can be combined with condoms and other preventive methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone.
To learn more about the basics of PrEP before deciding if it’s right for you, watch our PrEP 101 video series!
To discuss accessing PrEP, meet with a Prevention Outreach Provider (POP) during our HIV testing walk in hours. Find the hours on our calendar here.
Paying for PrEP
PrEP is covered by most insurance programs, but if you do not have insurance, the PrEP Specialist will navigate the PrEP Medication Assistance Program (MAP) and NY State PrEP-AP Program if you meet the eligibility criteria.
For patients interested in accessing PrEP, there are two programs that make PrEP available at no cost for those that qualify.
New York State Uninsured Care Programs, assist with financial cost associated with PrEP lab work including HIV testing, counseling, STD testing, doctor visits and other supportive care services.
New York State Resident
18 and older
Gilead (the maker of Truvada) assists eligible HIV-negative adults in the United States who do not have insurance obtain access to Truvada.
Uninsured or underinsured
18 and older
For insured patients interested in accessing PrEP, there are two programs that assist with the cost of PrEP if your insurance has co-pays and/or deductibles.
Gilead has a copay assistance program that a covers $300.00 a month for Truvada co-pays. To Apply: https://www.gileadcopay.com/.
18 and older (minors can use the card with guardian consent)
Pan Foundation has a copay and deductible assistance program that provides $4000 a year to patients accessing PrEP. To apply: https://www.panapply.org/
Insured with prescription coverage
To access PrEP, or see if PrEP might be right for you, call our PrEP Specialists at (212) 271-7293.