ZoomCare: Your New Partner in PrEP

June 24, 2021

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Learn more about the Ready, Set, PrEP program and how to get PrEP treatments at ZoomCare.

No-cost HIV prevention, now available through ZoomCare.

We’re proud participants in Ready, Set, PrEP: a new HHS program that provides no-cost PrEP medication to those who qualify.

The CDC estimates that 1.2 million people are living with HIV in America—and many more are at risk of infection. But, thanks to advances in medicine, we have the tools available to stop HIV in its tracks. One such tool is pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP: a once daily pill regimen that significantly lessens your chances of contracting HIV.

When used as directed, PrEP reduces the risk of becoming infected with HIV through sexual contact by about 99 percent. It's even more effective if used in combination with condoms. Among people who use IV drugs, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by at least 74%. 

In short, PrEP is one of the most powerful tools for HIV prevention. There's just one problem: PrEP drugs are expensive, and too few people use them. Only a small fraction of the one million people at risk for HIV in the United States have access to these potentially life-saving medications.

ZoomCare wants to eliminate factors that prevent people from seeking HIV prevention. That's why we're participating in Ready, Set, PreP: a nationwide initiative led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program makes PrEP medications more affordable and accessible by providing it at no cost to those who qualify.

Learn more about the Ready, Set, PrEP program, who qualifies, and how to get started below: 

What is PrEP Medication? And what is Truvada?

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It's the use of anti-HIV medication to keep HIV-negative people from becoming infected with the virus. 

There are two medications approved for the indication of PrEP, Truvada and Descovy.  Both come as a pill, and is taken once daily. When used as prescribed, it can reduce the risk of contracting HIV through sex by over 90%. 

Is PrEP medication right for me? 

PrEP is recommended for those at elevated risk for HIV infection. This includes men who have sex with men (MSM), men and women with multiple sexual partners, persons involved in an open relationship, and those engaging in sexual activity with an HIV+ partner. The CDC also recommends PrEP for anyone who uses IV drugs. 

What is Ready, Set, PrEP? 

Ready, Set, PrEP is a nationwide program that expands access to HIV prevention by providing cost-free PrEP medications to individuals who qualify. 

So, the program is totally free? 

Not totally. Under this program, the cost of medication is free. However, the costs of clinic visits and lab test costs are not covered.

How do I enroll? 

Visit a ZoomCare clinic to discuss your options with a ZoomCare provider.

What happens next? 

After receiving a negative HIV test result, ZoomCare will send your prescription to a participating pharmacy nearby. You can get your medication filled at the following pharmacies: 

To continue treatment, you must remain HIV-negative and get tested every three months. 

How do I qualify for Ready, Set, PrEP?

There are three qualifications for enrollment. You must:

  • Test negative for HIV. Getting an HIV test at your neighborhood ZoomCare is easy. Schedule a same-day appointment via zoomcare.com, and get in and out in fifteen minutes or less. You should receive your test results within two-three business days. 
  • Have a valid prescription. Talk to a ZoomCare provider to see if PrEP medication is right for you and obtain a prescription.
  • Have an out of pocket expense for PrEP medication.

Want to learn more about PrEP medications?

Check out our Q&A with ZoomCare Provider, Allison Ehrlich.

Schedule a daily visit today.

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