PrEP/Truvada is a covered benefit and is available at no cost for BC’s First Nations and Inuit People.
BC’s First Nations and Inuit People are the first to have access to publicly-funded PrEP in BC!
The following Indigenous people DO NOT have access to PrEP/Truvada at this time:
· Metis people
· Individuals with Aboriginal identities (without status)
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It is a pill taken daily, by someone who does not currently have HIV infection, to prevent them from acquiring HIV if they are exposed; for example, if a condom breaks while having sex, or has sex without a condom, or shares a needle with someone who has HIV. In other words, if someone on PrEP is exposed to HIV their chance of getting HIV is significantly reduced.
First Nations people, who are residents of BC and have status, are eligible and have access to PrEP/Truvada through their First Nations Health Authority<http://www.fnha.ca/> (FNHA) coverage. For more information contact the FNHA Benefits Department Toll Free: 1.855.550.5454
or by email: HealthBenefits@fnha.ca<mailto:HealthBenefits@fnha.ca>.
BC’s Inuit community members are eligible under Health Canada’s Non-Insured Healthcare Benefits (NIHB) and can access PrEP/Truvada under NIHB. For more information about coverage contact Health Canada directly at 1-800-232-7301.
Testing for sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and other blood tests are needed before receiving a prescription for PrEP/Truvada.
Filling a prescription for Truvada is the same as filling any other prescription. Additionally, the pharmacy will fill the prescription at no cost to the community member once you present your status card.
When first starting Truvada, your clinician will likely ask you to come back in 30 days for more blood tests. After this, your doctor will usually want to see you every three months for routine testing.
Because PrEP is relatively new to British Columbia, finding a primary service provider that knows about PrEP may prove to be challenging. If you are in the Vancouver area, you can make an appointment to see a PrEP-friendly physician at the following selected health clinics:
· Bute Street Clinic, 1170 Bute Street, Vancouver. Click Here<https://smartsexresource.com/get-tested/clinic-finder/vancouver-bute-street-clinic> for more info.
· Health Initiative for Men, #421–1033 Davie Street, Vancouver - Click Here<https://smartsexresource.com/get-tested/clinic-finder/vancouver-health-initiative-men-davie-street> for more info.