April is STD Awareness Month. It’s a time to spread knowledge of STDs, remove stigmas, and teach more people about the reality of the lives they impact.
We would particularly like to focus on the Ready, Set, PrEP program, and no-cost opportunities for PrEP medications it provides. This program is part of the larger “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America”. The program’s goal is to reduce new HIV infections in the US by 75% in five years, by 90% come 2030, and to ultimately end the HIV epidemic in the US.
PrEP, also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a daily medication that can be taken to prevent HIV from taking hold and spreading in your body. To be the most effective, PrEP should be taken consistently. According to the CDC, it has been found that when taken daily, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by ~99% and by ~74% among people injecting drugs.
Both Truvada® and Descovy® are medications approved for daily use as PrEP. PrEP is not a vaccine. It does not teach your body to fight off infections; rather, when taken daily, by being in your bloodstream, PrEp can help prevent HIV
It might be. Here are some reasons why you might consider taking PrEP:
PrEP helps you take control of your health. It is important to note, however, that PrEP only protects against HIV. You should still use condoms and practice safe sex to prevent other STDs.
Over one million Americans are currently living with HIV, and a greater number still are at risk. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of those who would be helped by PrEP can get a prescription for and afford the medication.
The Ready, Set, PrEP Program aims to provide PrEP medications at no cost to thousands of people who qualify. Its goal is to expand the knowledge about and access to these medications to aid in reducing new infections of HIV. In particular, the Ready, Set, PrEP program is aimed to help those who do not have coverage for prescription drugs.
To receive PrEP medication at no cost through the Ready, Set, PrEP you must:
If you think that the Ready, Set, PrEP program, and PrEP is right for you and you’ve already discussed this with a health care provider to get a prescription, there are several methods you can go about applying.
You can also apply for the Ready, Set, PrEP program in person at your health care provider’s office or in a community health center near you.
To stay in the program, amongst other assessments, you will need to be re-tested for HIV every three months.
As mentioned before, with the Ready, Set, PrEP program, your medication will be free. However, there may be some fees associated with clinic visits and lab tests based on your income.
Starting today, April 1st, all patients enrolled in Ready, Set, PrEP will be able to fill their prescriptions by visiting our website and filling out this form or by calling us at:
Toll Free: 888-919-7411
Tel: (561) 651-9393
PharmCo RX offers FREE Same-day or Next-day delivery, as well as discrete packaging for your PrEP medication needs.
You can visit Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, which will provide you not only with more information about the Ready, Set, PrEP program, but also a deeper dive into the steps that are being taken to end the HIV epidemic.
HIV.gov is another excellent resource for more information about prevention, testing, treatment, and current research.