Paying for PrEP

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Most health insurance plans, including Medicaid, provide PrEP for free or at a reduced cost. This is applicable to PrEP medication, clinic visits, and lab tests needed to maintain your prescription. 

If you have health insurance that requires copay, you can receive co-pay assistance from the following options: 

  • Ohio Dept. of Health's Prevention Assistance Program. This organization has eligibility requirements based on income. This program may pay for prescription, lab work, and office co-pays. Apply at the Ohio Dept. of Health website
  • Patient Advocacy Foundation. This organization has eligibility requirements based on income. You may qualify for co-pay relief here
  • ViiVConnect. This website is through Apretude and helps find financial support programs that assist with out-of-pocket costs associated with PrEP. Apply here.
  • Gilead's Medication Assistance Program for PrEP. This Program covers up to $7200 in co-pays per year without a monthly limit. This program is only available to those with commercial insurance (i.e. not Medicaid). Apply here

For those uninsured or not eligible for Medicaid, there are some other programs to assist with cost. These include: 

  • Medicaid. Apply at
  • Ready, Set, PrEP. PrEP medication available at no cost; lab testing and clinic visits are income-dependent. Eligibility requirements: uninsured, HIV-negative, PrEP prescription, live in the UH. Apply on the Ready, Set, PrEP website.