The call of “Step up. Get tested.” rang out at a recent World AIDs Day event. Illinois plans to add one-a-day pill prevention as another layer of protection starting in January.
The young saga of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a one-a-day medication that prevents HIV infection, reads much like the old story of the birth control pill.
Though it was approved by the FDA in 2012, PrEP continues to be stigmatic and little-prescribed despite endorsement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization and Human Rights Campaign. The monthly cost of $1,539.90 can also place it out of reach. Early next year, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) plans to change all of that.