The Australian government announced that it will subsidize PrEP for all Australians making the life-saving drug, which has been proven to be a way to reduce HIV infections, something, available to more people.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said that the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) will begin April 1. The cost of the drug was fairly high for Australians forcing some to import it.
“Having PrEP available at an affordable price through the PBS is a huge advance,” said Darryl O’Donnell, chief executive of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations (AFAO).
“This will drive a substantial reduction in transmission and allow us to turbo-charge the Australian HIV response.”
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a medication that, if taken daily, is 99% effective in preventing HIV.