You can get Descovy® for free if your insurance covers the cost of your prescription. You may also qualify for a payment assistance program that eliminates your out-of-pocket costs for PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) treatment.
Does My Insurance Cover Descovy?
You can get free Descovy through many insurance providers. To find out if your plan includes PrEP coverage, contact your provider directly to ask. Be sure to ask how much of the cost your plan covers, and find out if you have to pay for a copay out of pocket. If your insurance plan covers Descovy, Nurx® can bill your provider directly for the cost.
How Do I Qualify for a PrEP Payment Assistance Plan?
If your insurance plan doesn’t cover Descovy or if you don’t have health insurance, you may be eligible for free PrEP through a payment assistance program. Some of the available options include:
- Gilead Advancing Access: Gilead Sciences, Inc., the maker of Descovy, offers several options that can lower or eliminate your prescription costs. If you qualify, this program can lower your copay, assist you if you’re uninsured, and support you if you rely on government-sponsored insurance.
- Patient Advocate Foundation: This nonprofit organization offers financial assistance to patients who don’t have health insurance or who rely on Medicare and Medicaid but can’t cover the copay costs.
How Much Does Descovy Cost?
If you pay full price, Descovy can be expensive. However, 99% of Nurx patients get PrEP medication for free. Our team can show you how to use your insurance provider’s copay program and access other payment assistance options. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how much PrEP will cost you.
In addition, Nurx charges a $12 consultation fee each time you request a PrEP prescription. This fee includes an online consultation with a medical provider, a review of your lab test results, and messaging with our medical team. This fee applies when you request prescription refills, too.
Can I Take a Generic Version of Descovy?
There are no Descovy generics currently on the market. When you get approved for a Descovy prescription, you’ll receive the name-brand medication made by Gilead Sciences.
How Do I Get a PrEP Prescription?
It’s easy to get a PrEP prescription through Nurx. You don’t have to find a local doctor or even meet with a health care professional in person. Instead, you can request a PrEP prescription with a few clicks on our website or mobile app. Here’s how our prescription process works:
- Start by answering some simple questions about yourself, including your health history, your current health conditions, and your sexual activity.
- Our medical team goes over your application to see if PrEP could work for you.
- If our medical team thinks you’re a good candidate for PrEP, we send you a lab test kit so you can take preliminary HIV and hepatitis B virus (HBV) tests.
- You collect the samples and return the test kit to our partner, Molecular Testing Labs so they can process it.
- Our medical team reviews your results to decide if PrEP is the right course of action.
- If we determine you’re a good candidate for PrEP, we send your prescription to you right away. We send a three-month supply in discreet packaging.
- To maintain your prescription, you need to repeat the process every 90 days, starting with requesting a prescription refill. We require patients to take HIV and HBV tests before receiving PrEP refills.
How Do I Do a PrEP Lab Test?
Because it’s easy and discreet, we recommend at-home lab testing. After the Nurx medical team approves the initial portion of your application, we ask our lab partner to send you a simple at-home test kit. It includes instructions that detail how to collect your samples quickly and correctly. After completing the collection, you can repackage the kit, apply the included mailing label, and send it to Molecular Testing Labs. They test the samples and send the results directly to our medical team so we can process your PrEP prescription.
If you’d rather not do at-home testing, you can choose to go to your local lab instead. Just message our medical team to clarify that you prefer non-home testing. We’ll tell you which tests to request from your lab and where to have the results sent so we can process your prescription.
How Much Do PrEP Lab Tests Cost?
The cost of PrEP lab tests depends on your insurance coverage. To find out if your insurance plan pays for PrEP lab tests, contact your provider to find out which labs your plan covers and whether any deductibles or copays apply.
If your plan covers Nurx’s lab partner, Molecular Lab Testing, we can bill your insurance provider for any at-home lab tests you request. In this case, your lab tests are free unless you have a copay or a deductible. If your plan covers testing at other labs, such as Quest or LabCorp, message our medical team, and we can tell you how to request through another facility. If your insurance plan doesn’t have a copay or a deductible for lab tests, you have no out-of-pocket costs for testing.
However, if you don’t have insurance or if your plan doesn’t cover lab testing, you can pay out-of-pocket for at-home testing. You can choose from two out-of-pocket options:
- $199: This complete lab kit includes the two required tests for HIV and HBV along with recommended tests for common sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).
- $129: This basic lab kit includes only the required tests for HIV and HBV.
How Do I Take Descovy?
Descovy is a daily medication, so you should take it every day as prescribed by your Nurx medical provider. You can take Descovy with or without food. Because Descovy is only part of a complete PrEP treatment, your provider will prescribe one of the following options:
- Single Pill: This includes a combined pill that includes a dose of Descovy and other medications for a complete PrEP treatment.
- Multi-Pill: This includes a dose of Descovy and other medications for a complete PrEP treatment.