PrEP FAQ

What is PrEP?

First of all, 

  • Pre = before

  • Exposure = coming into contact with HIV

  • Prophylaxis = treatment to prevent an infection from happening

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new way to prevent HIV. Taking PrEP significantly reduces the risk of acquiring HIV, and is shown to work for transmission through sex and injection drug use. 

Why consider PrEP?

PrEP isn't a contraceptive, but it similarly empowers at-risk individuals to take control of their HIV risk and sexual health. Anyone - regardless of sexual orientation - may use PrEP. If you or someone you know is are at significant risk of HIV, PrEP might be a great prevention option. We now have a powerful tool to prevent HIV infection so why not consider taking advantage of it?

Does insurance cover PrEP?

In short, YES! 

Insured: Co-payments or deductibles may make PrEP seem unaffordable, but there are numerous assistance programs that can help cover out-of-pocket costs. Insurance companies are increasingly covering PrEP with little to no out-of-pocket costs. 

Uninsured: No insurance? No problem! A lack of insurance isn't a barrier to accessing PrEP. Many clinical providers have low cost/ sliding scale payments, and there are income based programs that can help cover the costs of uninsured patients. There is also a Ready, Set, PrEP program which helps uninsured individuals access PrEP at no cost.

How can I access PrEP in Maine?

Thankfully, Maine is home to many fantastic service providers who can assist you in accessing PrEP and other sexual health options, regardless of your ability to pay. For more information on where to access PrEP and for other HIV and sexual health services like testing and insurance co-pay support, check out our Service Providers page.

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PrEP in Maine

To find a service provider in Maine, please check out our provider page.

 

Paying for PrEP in Maine

In Maine, Gilman Clinic, India Street STD Clinic, and Apothecary by Design work closely with patients to ensure that prescription cost does not limit accessibility to PrEP. For more information on how these resources assist patients with PrEP costs, please reference their websites.

Ready, Set, PrEP

Ready, Set, PrEP is a federal program dedicated to increasing PrEP access for uninsured individuals. Current stipulations that qualify individuals for Ready, Set, PrEP benefits are as followed:

  • Individuals must lack current prescription drug coverage

  • Individuals must be tested for HIV and receive a negative result

  • Individuals must have a prescription for PrEP
     

Ready, Set, Prep→

Patient Assistance Programs

Several national organizations (including the Patient Access Network Foundation [PAN], the Patient Advocate Foundation [PAF], and Good Days) provide co-pay assistance for PrEP and other HIV medications.


The Patient Access Network Foundation's HIV Treatment & Prevention Program →

The Patient Advocate Foundation's Co-Pay Relief Program  

Good Days' HIV and AIDS Treatment & Prevention Program→

Gilead Advancing Access Program

The Advancing Access Program by Gilead — the makers of Truvada® and Descovy®— offers patients financial assistance for PrEP prescription co-pays. 

Advancing Access Program→

PrEP Cost Calculator

NASTAD's PrEP cost calculator provides information on the cost of PrEP and allows users to view various health care plans