Wow- what a journey! After several years of advocacy and a healthy dose of public action and support, on December 28th, 2017, the BC Ministry of Health announced that PrEP would be publicly funded in BC!
We know that after such a long wait many of us are very excited about increased accessibility to this incredible HIV prevention technology. While the public announcement was a great first step, our colleagues and partners at the BCCfE, the Ministry of Health, and VCH are working tirelessly to figure out the logistics of increasing access to gay, bi, and other men who have sex with men who face elevated risks of HIV transmission. Please be patient with HIM and our partners as we work together to bring this game-changer in HIV prevention to guys across BC who might benefit.
For now, please visit HERE for the most up to date information on publicly funded PrEP in BC.
REMEMBER: BC’s First Nations and Inuit People already have access to publicly-funded PrEP in BC! 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
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.
For more information on accessing PrEP for First Nations and Inuit People, click HERE!