New Trump Administration Program to Provide HIV Prevention Drugs for Uninsured

PrEP which has been available since 2012 includes two HIV antiretroviral medications and reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99 percent when taken daily according to studies cited by the CDC

PrEP which has been available since 2012 includes two HIV antiretroviral medications and reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99 percent when taken daily according to studies cited by the CDC

The government's Ready, Set, PrEP program will provide about 200,000 uninsured Americans annually with free access to daily pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medications that prevent those exposed to the virus from contracting it.

Ready, Set, PrEP The Ready, Set, PrEP program will provide free PrEP for eligible individuals who are uninsured or not covered for prescription drugs.

To be eligible for "Ready, Set, PrEP", people must test negative for HIV, have a valid prescription for the medications and not have prescription drug coverage, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services said.

The agreement between Gilead and the federal government was announced by President Trump and Azar in May.

Assistant secretary for health Brett P Giroir said: "PrEP is highly effective in preventing HIV infection when taken as directed".

Azar said that the department has set up a hotline (855-447-8410) and website (GetYourPrEP.com) for people to sign up for the program.

References1. What is "Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America"? A 30-day supply of the drugs can cost as much as $2,000 without insurance.

According to Azar, the medication itself will cost the federal government about $200 per bottle, with those costs going towards distribution fees associated with wholesalers and pharmacies utilized by Gilead.

Through the more than 12,000 sites and 1400 health centers that will be serving the program, which can find here, HHS's biggest partners in Ready, Set, PrEP are Gilead Sciences, CVS Health, Walgreens, and Rite Aid. Called Ready, Set, PrEP, the program is part of the Trump Administration's initiative, Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, which was announced in the 2019 State of the Union Address. The initiative aims to reduce new HIV infections by 75% in the next five years and by 90% by the end of the decade.

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Mayer said more efforts need to focus on testing and treatment.

According to the U.S. government's own 2017 statistics, there are around 1.1million people living with HIV in the United States of America, and 66 percent of these are gay and bisexual men. These figures represent an improvement over CDC figures presented previous year, which showed that only 8% of all people eligible for PrEP were using it, falling to just 3% for Latinos and 1% for African Americans. The city reported a 67 percent decline from the number of cases reported in 2001.

But Butler also emphasized the role that clinicians play in testing patients for HIV: "Where people are interacting with their healthcare provider, testing needs to be performed".

Treat infected persons quickly and effectively to suppress viral levels. In both cities, more than 90% of people living with HIV know their status and most of those have started antiretroviral treatment and achieved an undetectable viral load.

The CDC ranked states based on what percent of people newly diagnosed with HIV had the virus under control within six months. There were racial disparities as well, with PrEP coverage of about 6% for blacks, 11% for Hispanics/Latinos, and 42% for whites.

"What you're seeing is a swapping infection (rates) among subgroups, so the overall number (of infection) has not significantly changed", Mayer said. Only 63% of those who knew they had HIV were receiving treatment to control the virus.

About 86% of all people living with HIV in the USA had a laboratory-confirmed diagnosis, with only 55% of young people ages 13-24 with diagnosed HIV infection, the authors noted.

About 38,000 new HIV infections still occur each year, according to the CDC report.

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