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Our dedicated team of experts makes PrEP convenient and affordable — 99% of patients pay $0 for the medication. Request a prescription online, and get confidential support anywhere.

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  • Truvada for PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) is a daily pill

  • Up to 99% effective at preventing HIV

  • Affordable with or without insurance

  • Requires lab tests you can do at home

  • Three month supply of Truvada per order

  • Not for those already living with HIV

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99% of our patients pay nothing for the medication, and we’ll work to make the tests affordable. We’ll bill your insurance (if you have it), help you apply for payment assistance programs, and take advantage of available discounts. Our PrEP team is here to guide you.

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Why Nurx?

We believe that control over our own sexual health is a fundamental right. So we make it as simple and affordable as accessing any preventative medicine. Your body. Your choice. It’s that simple.

PrEP Questions?

  • How much does PrEP cost?

    Consultation
    Anyone who requests a PrEP evaluation will be charged a $12 consultation fee. This covers your online medical consultation and review of your lab test results, and includes unlimited messaging about PrEP with our medical team until your next renewal — so you can ask questions about your lab tests or medication any time during that period. At this time, we do not submit claims to insurance for this consult fee. Each time you order a new test kit and evaluation for renewal of your prescription you will be charged a $12 medical consultation fee.

    Medication
    Truvada for PrEP is an expensive medication, but we’re proud of the fact that 99% of Nurx PrEP patients pay nothing out-of-pocket for their medication.

    Here’s how this works: Our team will bill your insurance. We’ll also walk you through the process of enrolling in any co-pay or patient assistance programs that may apply. In many cases these programs cover 100% of the cost for the medication, meaning the out-of-pocket cost for Truvada for PrEP is $0.

    If you’d like to learn more about how much PrEP will cost for you, please connect with our team at support@nurx.co.

    Home Testing
    Before you begin PrEP you must get lab tests to confirm that you are HIV negative and have healthy kidneys. You’ll re-do these tests every three months after beginning PrEP. Our preferred testing option is home-based lab testing through our partner lab, which is an option in every state we are available in except for New York. We are committed to providing a convenient and cost-effective home testing option for our PrEP patients.

    For those paying without insurance:
    $199 for comprehensive testing, which includes all of the necessary tests to get on PrEP + extra testing for additional sexually transmitted infections (STIs); OR
    $129 for basic testing which includes all of the testing necessary to get on and stay on PrEP

    For those paying with insurance:
    We will charge you $25 to cover the cost of the PrEP lab test kit. Once your tests have been processed by our partner lab, they will bill your insurance and you will be responsible for any out-of-pocket costs (in addition to the above $25 fee) including copays and deductibles associated with your plan.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: If you receive a bill, it will come directly from our lab partner, Molecular Testing Labs. Any Explanation of Benefits from your insurance company regarding the lab services will not list us, but rather Molecular Testing Labs or their affiliates.

    Non-Home Testing
    If you’d prefer not to do home testing you are welcome to have your labs done at a local lab like LabCorp or Quest. Once you have submitted your request for PrEP, simply message us and tell us that you would like lab testing at LabCorp or Quest. Pricing at local labs is dependent on your insurance coverage. We recommend calling your insurance company in advance to confirm whether LabCorp or Quest is the in-network laboratory.

    If you contact your insurance company to clarify your coverage for laboratory testing, we’d recommend asking them the following questions:
    Do I have to use an in-network lab for lab testing?
    If yes: What laboratories are covered?
    Is Molecular Testing Labs covered?
    Do I have a deductible for lab testing?

    If your insurance company asks, tell them these are the tests that will be ordered for PrEP: HIV 4th generation antibody/antigen test, serum creatinine, hepatitis B surface antigen (all required), and (optionally) syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia testing (rectal swab, throat swab, urine collection).

  • How much do PrEP lab tests cost?

    Home Testing
    Before you begin PrEP you must get lab tests to confirm that you are HIV negative and have healthy kidneys. You’ll re-do these tests every three months after beginning PrEP. Our preferred testing option is home-based lab testing through our partner lab, which is an option in every state we are available in except for New York. We are committed to providing a convenient and cost-effective home testing option for our PrEP patients.

    For those paying without insurance:
    $199 for comprehensive testing, which includes all of the necessary tests to get on PrEP + extra testing for additional sexually transmitted infections (STIs); OR
    $129 for basic testing which includes all of the testing necessary to get on and stay on PrEP

    For those paying with insurance:
    We will charge you $25 to cover the cost of the PrEP lab test kit. Once your tests have been processed by our partner lab, they will bill your insurance and you will be responsible for any out-of-pocket costs (in addition to the above $25 fee) including copays and deductibles associated with your plan.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: If you receive a bill, it will come directly from our lab partner, Molecular Testing Labs. Any Explanation of Benefits from your insurance company regarding the lab services will not list us, but rather Molecular Testing Labs or their affiliates.

    Non-Home Testing
    If you’d prefer not to do home testing you are welcome to have your labs done at a local lab like LabCorp or Quest. Once you have submitted your request for PrEP, simply message us and tell us that you would like lab testing at LabCorp or Quest. Pricing at local labs is dependent on your insurance coverage. We recommend calling your insurance company in advance to confirm whether LabCorp or Quest is the in-network laboratory.

    If you contact your insurance company to clarify your coverage for laboratory testing, we’d recommend asking them the following questions:
    Do I have to use an in-network lab for lab testing?
    If yes: What laboratories are covered?
    Is Molecular Testing Labs covered?
    Do I have a deductible for lab testing?

    If your insurance company asks, tell them these are the tests that will be ordered for PrEP: HIV 4th generation antibody/antigen test, serum creatinine, hepatitis B surface antigen (all required), and (optionally) syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia testing (rectal swab, throat swab, urine collection).

  • Does insurance cover PrEP?

    Many insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid do cover PrEP, though you should check with your specific plan to be sure. Nurx will bill your insurance plan directly, but it’s no problem if you don’t have insurance or would just prefer to pay yourself. Starting and staying on PrEP requires lab work that may or may not be covered by your insurance (See How Much Do PrEP Labs Cost?) Our team of PrEP experts can help you understand what your insurance will cover and what your out-of-pockets costs will be.

  • What are PrEP Payment Assistance Programs?

    Payment assistance programs are designed to make PrEP affordable. Gilead, the pharmaceutical company that makes Truvada for PrEP, has a program called Advancing Access which can reduce or eliminate the cost of your insurance co-pay. A nonprofit called the Patient Advocate Foundation provides substantial assistance for people who are uninsured, or who receive Medicare or Medicaid coverage, and can’t afford the price of PrEP or the co-pays. Our PrEP team can help you understand which program you quality for and will help you apply.

  • Can I get my PrEP lab tests done in person at a lab near me?

    Yes. If you’d prefer not to do home testing you are welcome to have your labs done at a local lab like LabCorp or Quest. Once you have submitted your request for PrEP, simply message us and tell us that you would like lab testing at LabCorp or Quest. Pricing at local labs is dependent on your insurance coverage. We recommend calling your insurance company in advance to confirm whether LabCorp or Quest is the in-network laboratory.

  • What are the side effects of PrEP?

    Many new PrEP users report little to no side effects, but symptoms such as headache, abdominal pain, and weight loss can happen. These side effects typically don’t last long and often go away entirely within the first month. If you’re experiencing prolonged side effects, please contact us.

  • What if I miss a dose of PrEP?

    If you miss a dose or skip a day, it’s ok! Take your pill as soon as you remember and continue with your daily schedule. Do not double dose, as you may feel nauseous or sick. Missing one dose won’t greatly affect your level of protection against HIV. However, if you are missing multiple days or are having trouble with taking a pill daily, let us know.

  • How do I get PrEP through Nurx?

    Nurx is an easy, discreet, and judgement free way to access PrEP. This entire process can take as few as 7 days, depending on how quickly you get your lab work completed. How this works:

    • Request PrEP through our app or website
    • Answer a few basic questions about your health and sexual activity
    • Our PrEP navigators will ensure PrEP is as affordable as possible for you
    • Our Medical team will review your request and order your labs if PrEP looks like a healthy option for you


    Once you complete the necessary lab work (which you can do at home—we'll send you the kit), our medical team will review your results. If they determine that PrEP is right for you, your medication will be mailed to you in a discreet package.

How we work

Step 1

Tell us about yourself.

Answer a few health questions. If you are eligible for PrEP, our partner lab will mail you a HIV/STI testing kit in a discreet package.

Step 2

Self-test at home.

Collect your samples as instructed and mail them back to the lab for screening, using the box and prepaid label included in the kit.

Step 3

Our doctors review.

Based on your lab results, one of our medical providers will decide whether PrEP is the right choice for you.

Step 4

We prescribe PrEP.

We'll send you a three month supply of daily pills. To safely continue taking PrEP you need lab tests every three months.

Step 5

Repeat on schedule.

Before your three month supply runs low our partner lab will mail you another HIV/STI testing kit. Just send it in to continue on PrEP.

easy at-home testing

PrEP is only for people who are currently not living with HIV. So, in order to get your prescription, you’ll need to first be screened for HIV/STIs. And, to stay on PrEP, you’ll need to be screened every three months.

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Meet your medical team

We are doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and physician assistants who are passionate about providing patient care. The Nurx medical team believes that everyone deserves access to personalized, non-judgmental healthcare, and that open and honest communication is key.

Teresa Trujillo Registered Nurse

Get The Facts

PrEP offers you the freedom to enjoy safer sex, but we understand you may have questions. How does it work? Is it right for you? Our guide explains PrEP in detail.

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