The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently enhanced mail-order delivery options for participants to receive PrEP HIV prevention medication at no cost to eligible individuals without prescription drug coverage. Ready, Set, PrEP participants can choose to have their PrEP medication sent directly to their home or healthcare providers (in participating states) when they enroll or continue to use the more than 32,000 participating co-sponsoring pharmacies.
The option of having PrEP delivered to a preferred location is not only convenient for participants, but it also allows Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities, Tribal Health Programs, and Urban Indian Organizations to provide “one stop shopping” for potential enrollees. They can now get tested, receive their PrEP prescription and get the prescription sent via mail in one visit by enrolling with a healthcare provider’s assistance through GetYourPrEP.com or the call center by calling 855-447-8410.
“This option allows our IHS, Tribal and Urban facilities the ability to provide a wholly integrated service inclusive of HIV testing, PrEP prescriptions and now the ability for our healthcare providers to offer mail-order for Ready, Set, PrEP enrollees,” said Darrell LaRoche, director of the Office of Clinical and Preventive Services at IHS. “The convenience of getting tested, enrolled and prescriptions mailed in one visit, sent to their home or a healthcare provider, is particularly important in Indian Country where a health center or pharmacy may be hours away.”
“HRSA-funded health centers are critical to ending the HIV epidemic by offering testing, prevention and treatment services to their communities. In 2020, nearly 200 health centers who received Primary Care HIV Prevention funding successfully prescribed PrEP to nearly 50,000 individuals. Health centers already offer walk-in testing and prescriptions, and with this mail order program, will now be able help those who could benefit from PrEP, but don’t have prescription drug insurance, to enroll in Ready, Set, PrEP.” said Jim Macrae, Associate Administrator, the Bureau of Primary Health Care at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Ready, Set, PrEP is a key component of the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) initiative. EHE aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections in the United States by 75% by 2025 and by 90% by 2030. The nationwide program provides free PrEP medications to people who do not have insurance that covers prescription drugs.