GETTING TESTED FOR HIV
The first step is talking with your health care provider. It may seem awkward and uncomfortable, but talking about your sex life and drug use will help your health care provider determine how often you need an HIV test.
Many clinics, substance use programs, community health centers, and hospitals offer HIV tests. To find a test near you, try these services:
- The CDC HIV Service Locator: https://www.cdc.gov/stopHIVtogether/locator/
- The GetTested Service: https://gettested.cdc.gov/
- 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)
HOW TO PAY FOR PrEP
Most insurance plans and state Medicaid programs cover the cost of PrEP. Additionally, many services provide PrEP for free or at a reduced cost:
- Ready, Set, PrEP gives PrEP to people without health insurance for prescription drugs. To see if you qualify, visit www.getyourprep.com or call 855-447-8410.
- Co-pay assistance programs lower the costs of PrEP medications. Income will not affect ability to participate in this program. Visit https://www.gileadadvancingaccess.com/ or call 1-800-226-2056.
- PrEP assistance programs exist in many states and can help cover medication, clinical visits, and lab costs. Visit https://www.nastad.org/prep-access/state-prep-assistance-programs