The Government of Alberta is looking to prevent HIV infections by footing the bill for a medication that can reduce the risk of contracting HIV.

HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a pill that helps reduce the risk of HIV infection, but can cost over $250 per month.

For those who qualify as high-risk individuals, Alberta is making lower-cost generic versions of the medication available at no cost.

Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health at Alberta Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the drug is for those deemed to be at high risk.

"PrEP is best for people who are not infected with HIV but who are at a really high risk or on-going risk of being exposed and contracting HIV."

Dr. Hinshaw says not every Doctor can prescribe the drug.

"While any doctor might be able to prescribe PrEP, only eligible doctors can prescribe in conjunction with having it covered by Alberta Health."

For those wanting to see if they qualify, the list of eligible doctors that can prescribe PrEP with coverage can be found at albertahealthservices.ca.

 

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