HIV-Preventing Drug To Be Subsidised In Australia

Written by Staff Writers
Category: General Published: Thursday, 22 March 2018 17:08

The Australian Government has announced that it will be offering subsidised drugs for prevention of HIV.

In a historic move, the Australian Government confirmed that by subsidising the cost of PrEP across the country it would also be added to the list of eligible medications for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Health Minister Greg Hunt says the drug will be accessible at a much cheaper price; a cost of $39.50 a month which includes a three-month prescription and a sexual health check every GP visit.

"This is a great moment in Australian medical history," Greg said. "This is about saving lives and protecting lives."

Australia is essentially a leader in this field, being the first country in the world to have a goal to eliminate HIV transmission by 2020.

The subsidisation will begin at the start of April.

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