HHS Announces Free PrEP Medications For Uninsured

STAT News reports:

In a bid to bolster a campaign to end HIV transmission in the United States, the Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will provide free pre-exposure prophylaxis — known as PrEP — for people at risk of contracting the virus who do not have prescription drug coverage.

PrEP, which is taken daily, has been shown to be highly effective at preventing infection, but the drugs are expensive and too few people at risk use them. The program, called “Ready, Set, PrEP,” was announced by Alex Azar, secretary of health and human services.

“Ready, Set, PrEP is a historic expansion of access to HIV prevention medication and a major step forward in President Trump’s plan to end the HIV epidemic in America,” Azar said in a statement. “Thanks to Ready, Set, PrEP, thousands of Americans who are at risk for HIV will now be able to protect themselves and their communities.”