Expanding Access to PrEP to End the HIV Epidemic
PrEP is the most effective tool we have to prevent HIV transmission and bring an end to the HIV epidemic.
HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a simple, safe, and effective daily pill that reduces the risk of HIV transmission by close to 100%.
But despite the proven effectiveness of this game-changing medication, PrEP is significantly under-prescribed and can be inaccessible to many who need it. Stigma, discrimination, and systemic inequities resulting from homophobia, transphobia, and structural racism remain critical barriers.
We are committed to reducing stigma and barriers to healthcare, and ensuring PrEP access for all.
In Massachusetts, we have been advocating for legislation that would allow pharmacists to provide a 60-day supply of PrEP without a prescription for people facing barriers to care. This would also improve access to care by requiring pharmacists to connect customers to medical providers for ongoing PrEP oversight and other vital health needs. While the most recent legislative session has ended, GLAD will continue to advocate for this access. Learn more.
PrEP is underutilized and under-prescribed, particularly in communities of color. The CDC reported that only 8% of Black people and 14% of Latinx people eligible for PrEP received it compared to 63% of white people who were eligible for PrEP.1
- The HIV Prevention Access for Young Adults Act (H.2349/S.1404) will ensure that sexually active young adults in Massachusetts can access PrEP without parental involvement. Get more information about the new law.
- Doe v. Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company: We successfully challenged Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company for denying applicants who take PrEP medication Truvada from long-term care insurance.
- Maine Becomes a Leader in Pharmacy Access to Effective HIV Prevention Drug: The Maine law increases access to PrEP and reduces barriers in vulnerable communities where disparities in healthcare access persist.
- Access to HIV Prevention for Connecticut Youth: The law reduces racial disparities in PrEP access and ensures physicians can prescribe PrEP when a youth is at risk for HIV, regardless of parental consent.
Know Your Rights
Learn about your rights against HIV-related discrimination, testing and privacy, and more. Visit our Know Your Rights page.
You can also contact our free, confidential legal infoline, GLAD Answers. Visit GLADAnswers.org or call 800-455-GLAD.
We have the tools to end the epidemic. Still, stigma and discrimination persist, and systemic inequities in our society and health care system resulting from homophobia, transphobia, and structural racism remain significant barriers.
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- On HIV Long-Term Survivor Day – 40 Years of Fighting Fiercely
- More information on PrEP from the Center of Disease Control
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