Healthcare providers prescribe PrEP to at-risk men and women who have tested negative for HIV. Patients determined eligible for PrEP can fill their prescriptions at local pharmacies or order them online for home delivery after visiting their provider in person.
Every three months, your healthcare provider will schedule or send you another HIV test. You will need to continue testing negative to renew your PrEP prescription. If you are already living with HIV, you won’t be a candidate for PrEP. Instead, make sure you use condoms during all sexual activity to prevent transmitting HIV or getting other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
What About Online Prescriptions?
If you’d rather order PrEP from the comfort of your home, Nurx healthcare providers can help you do so discreetly and conveniently. Once you contact Nurx online or via its app, a member of the healthcare team will have you provide information about your health history, then mail a test kit to your home that contains both HIV and STI tests. You don’t need to test negative for STIs to get a prescription for PrEP. However, people who are at high risk for HIV also tend to be at high risk for STIs.
After sending back your samples, you’ll be connected with a provider in your state to discuss whether PrEP is a good option. You are not required to meet with your Nurx provider in person — all interactions take place virtually via telemedicine. You can order PrEP directly from Nurx and, depending on your health insurance, pay a co-pay as low as $15. If you’re not currently covered by insurance, financial assistance programs available from Gilead, the medication’s manufacturer, can potentially reduce your cost to $0.