Where can I get PrEP?
PrEP can only be prescribed by a health care provider. You can talk to any general health care provider who is qualified to write a prescription, including doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. If you don’t have a primary care physician, there are numerous community clinics and other PrEP providers available to you in San Diego County.
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If you have health insurance/primary health plan talk to them about HIV care. If you do not have health insurance, these clinical providers here have programs/HIV specialists that may help you.
Family Health Centers of San Diego
If you are interested in PrEP treatment, please contact (619) 876-4462 or visit our HIV Prevention Center located at 4040 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may also visit GayMensHealth.org for more information.
The Center – San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, Inc
#BeTheGeneration is a PrEP, HIV testing, and HIV treatment awareness program of the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. The Center provides HIV care and prevention services including free HIV testing, PrEP navigation services, health insurance enrollment, and mental health counseling. They can be contacted at 619-692-2077.
San Ysidro Health
San Ysidro Health (formerly San Ysidro Health Center) is a non-profit organization committed to providing high quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable health care services. Please contact (619) 662-4100 or visit http://www.syhc.org/services/support-services/#hiv for more information.
Vista Community Clinic
Vista Community Clinic offers free confidential HIV/HCV rapid testing and PrEP navigation services. Anyone interested in starting PrEP treatment can contact (760) 631-5000 x 7000 for more information or to set up an appointment for PrEP counseling.
How much does PrEP cost?
PrEP can cost as little as $0 depending on your access to insurance. Many people without insurance are eligible for patient assistance programs and other resources such as studies that can reduce the cost of PrEP. The CDC has a simple brochure to help navigate the landscape of obtaining payment for and access to PrEP. View the brochure.
Will my insurance cover PrEP?
Most private health insurance plans, as well as MediCal, cover the cost of PrEP. Gilead, the maker of PrEP, provides a co-pay insurance card to help reduce the monthly co-pay cost. Additional services can be obtained through the PrEP financial assistance program, PrEP-AP. PrEP-AP provides assistance with PrEP-related medical costs and medication for the prevention of HIV and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). More information can be found on the California Department of Public Health website.
How do I get PrEP if I don’t have insurance?
Gilead provides PrEP free to people with limited income and no insurance. Information about enrolling in low-cost health insurance can be obtained from the Covered California website.