Truvada costs around $2,000 for a one-month supply. Most insurance companies cover all or part of the treatment. Uninsured patients have several payment assistance programs available but might have to pay for lab testing. At Nurx™, most patients can get Truvada for free.
What is Truvada?
Truvada for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a medication that can help prevent HIV. It’s available by prescription and comes as a daily pill. It’s recommended for HIV-negative individuals who have a higher risk of contracting HIV, including those who are in sexual relationships with one or more partners with an unknown HIV status.
Paying for Truvada
Truvada is expensive. The list price for this medication is about $2,000 for a 30-day supply, which equates to approximately $66 per pill.
If you have insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare, Truvada is likely covered. However, you might want to ask your insurance company whether your plan covers all or part of the prescription cost. Nurx might be able to help you get coverage for your copay, as well.
Don’t have insurance? Nurx can help by connecting you with one of the following payment assistance programs that subsidize some of Truvada’s costs:
- Gilead Co-Pay Card
- Gilead’s Advancing Access
- Patient Advocate Foundation
Truvada Lab Testing
Before you get a prescription for Truvada for PrEP, you’ll have to complete some lab work. This includes tests for:
- Kidney function/creatinine.
- Hepatitis B.
- Pregnancy (for female-bodied patients).
- Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis (optional, but highly recommend).
To stay on PrEP, you must repeat these lab tests every three months.
At Nurx, home testing kits cost $35 plus insurance copays or deductibles. If you don’t have insurance, you can pay a flat rate of $129 for the basic kit or $199 for the comprehensive kit. You might also choose to have your lab work done at a local lab, but be sure to ask about the costs before having any tests done.