HIV/AIDS

With PrEP from San Francisco


PrEP rollout gets government endorsement

Providing PrEP was initially thought to be impossible in San Francisco. With medication costs as high as US $18 000 per year in the USA, PrEP services were out of reach for people who did not have medical insurance, or whose insurance was limited.

Making PrEP more widely available
David Campos/WHO

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos held a hearing where 49 speakers gave public testimony – 100% were in favour of making PrEP more widely available. Supervisor Campos led 11 other supervisors to allocate city funds to help people find access to PrEP through medical insurance, discounted drug pricing and industry-sponsored benefit programmes.

"By making PrEP available to all regardless of income, we could set the tone for the rest of the country in how to effectively eradicate a disease that claimed the lives of so many of our loved ones," said Supervisor Campos. "But that all depends on people power."