San Francisco May Be The First City To Give Out Free HIV-Prevention Pills

September 19, 2014 2:49 PM

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The day after San Francisco supervisor Scott Wiener came “out of the PrEP closet” on The Huffington Post as a user of the revolutionary HIV-prevention drug, activists gathered outside of San Francisco City Hall to rally in support of an initiative to make it more available for everyone in the city, regardless of income.

PrEP, a pre-exposure prophylaxis also known as Truvada, is a once-a-day pill that studies have found to be roughly as effective as condoms at reducing the risk of contracting HIV. But with costs as high as $8,000 to $14,000 a year, the drug is out of many people’s price range, even with insurance.

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