‘Ready, Set, PrEP’ program aims to get HIV-prevention drug into more hands for free

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Travis County has been named one of 57 areas nationwide where people without health insurance can now receive a daily HIV prevention drug for free.

There are 38,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. every year — the new federal program Ready, Set, PrEP is part of a national goal to reduce new HIV infections by 75% in the next five years.

And by 90% by 2030.

The Centers for Disease Control says more than one million people at risk of HIV could benefit by taking PrEP — also known as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and by brand names Truvada and Descovy — but many can’t afford it.

Drugmaker Gilead Sciences is donating the medicine as part of the program.

To see if you qualify, call (855) 447-8410 or click here.

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