HIV / AIDS has been a major pandemic in society today – especially in the gay community. Over the years, there have been many advancements in the treatment and prevention of HIV.
One of the newest forms of prevention is called PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis. This is a drug combination used to greatly reduce the changes of contracting HIV when taken daily. It is a combination of two drugs – tenofovir and emtricitabine.
The brand name is Truvada and originally was not listed on the Ontario Health Ministry's drug formulary of publicly covered drugs. This meant that the full cost was at the expense of the consumer. The cost of Truvada was over $ 1000 per month. This put many at the greatest risk out of the market.
Recently, Ontario added PrEP to its list of covered drugs. This does not mean that PrEP is free, but rather that drug … Read More