HHS Launches Ready, Set, PrEP Program to Expand Access to Medication to Prevent HIV
December 5, 2019: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week launched Ready, Set, PrEP, a national program that makes medications for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), taken daily to prevent HIV, available at no cost to people without prescription drug insurance coverage.
Although more than one million people at risk for HIV in the United States could benefit from PrEP medications, only a small fraction get them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend PrEP for individuals at risk of acquiring HIV. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective at reducing an individual’s risk of acquiring HIV.
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 percent in five years and by 90 percent in 10 years. Ready, Set, PrEP resources are available for download for healthcare professionals and recipients to use to spread the word about the program.