Be Here With PrEP

FIND OUT HOW PrEP CAN HELP YOU

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PrEP CRASH COURSE

PrEP is a safe and effective pill that prevents HIV infection

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HOW CAN I START PrEP?

Talk with your doctor or health care provider to determine if PrEP is right for you. Alameda County has many clinics and providers with experience providing PrEP.  Additional information about local PrEP providers can be found here

HOW DOES PrEP WORK?

PrEP is a pill that if taken daily, reduces your chance of getting HIV through sex by more than 90%.  For people who inject drugs, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from a contaminated needle or syringe by more than 70%. PrEP does not protect against STDs.

 

IS PrEP SAFE?

PrEP is very safe. Side effects are uncommon and almost always mild (for example, nausea.) If side effects happen, they usually go away on their own in a few days. Serious side effects are rare.
 

IS PrEP RIGHT FOR YOU?

If you are HIV negative and you have sex, PrEP may be right for you. If you inject drugs, PrEP may be right for you.

PrEP is of greatest benefit if any of the following is true for you:

  • You have sex with someone who is HIV-positive

  • You’re a man who has sex with other men

  • You’re transgender and have sex with men
  • You’ve recently had a sexually transmitted infection
  • You inject drugs and share needles

 

HOW MUCH DOES PrEP COST?

Getting PrEP paid for can seem pretty overwhelming. Many community-based agencies that prescribe PrEP have staff who can help you understand the process and make it easier for you. Medi-Cal, HealthPAC and many other health insurance plans cover costs associated with PrEP. To learn if PrEP is covered by your plan, call your healthcare provider. If you don’t have insurance, clinics that prescribe PrEP can help you get PrEP often times at little or no cost.

 

WHAT IF I NEED HELP PAYING FOR PrEP?

Some healthcare providers have PrEP navigators that can help you access PrEP at low cost or no cost.

  • Gilead, the company that makes Truvada (currently the only brand name approved for PrEP,) has a Medication Assistance Program that helps pay for PrEP. You can contact them to see if you qualify for assistance.
  • You can search their website at https://start.truvada.com/paying-for-truvada or contact them by phone at 1-855-330-5479 for more information.
  • The Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program provides financial assistance up to $7,500 per year to qualified patients for help with co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles required by an insurer for prescription medications.  You can search their website at https://www.copays.org/diseases/hiv-aids-and-prevention for more information.

If you don’t have medical insurance, consider enrolling in a Covered California marketplace plan, HealthPAC or Medi-Cal if you are eligible.

  • Covered California
  • HealthPAC
  • Medi-Cal
 
 

"It is important to be here and be here together.  I know that our lives and experiences are different, but we can learn and grow together."

— GUSTAVO

 
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HOW CAN I ACCESS PrEP?

Paying For PrEP

Individuals can access PrEP through a doctor or clinic. Find a PrEP provider near you at www.pleaseprepme.org

 

HOW MUCH DOES PrEP COST?

Medi-Cal and many other health insurance plans cover PrEP. To learn if PrEP is covered by your plan, call your healthcare provider. 

 

WHAT IF I NEED ASSISTANCE WITH PAYING FOR PrEP?

 Some healthcare providers have PrEP navigators that can help you access PrEP at low cost or no cost.

  • Gilead, the company that makes Truvada (currently the only brand name approved for PrEP,) has a Medication Assistance Program that helps pay for PrEP. You can contact them to see if you qualify for assistance. You can search their website at https://start.truvada.com/paying-for-truvada or contact them by phone at 1-855-330-5479 for more information.
  • The Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program provides financial assistance up to $7,500 per year to qualified patients for help with co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles required by an insurer for prescription medications.  You can search their website at https://www.copays.org/diseases/hiv-aids-and-prevention for more information.

 

WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE HEALTHCARE?

If you are without medical insurance, consider enrolling in a Covered California marketplace plan, HealthPAC or Medi-Cal if you are eligible. 

  • Covered California

  • HealthPAC
  • Medi-Cal

 

If you do not have insurance or are not eligible for any of these programs, you can still take PrEP but you will need to pay more of the costs of provider visits and lab testing.