Ending HIV by 2030? It's Possible Thanks to Nurx

Tuesday February 19, 2019

You probably heard the news last week about a new ambitious goal from the White House to end HIV by 2030. Regardless of why the White House decided to take this cause under their wing (especially considering it's a pretty dramatic shift from their previous efforts to cut funding for HIV research), what really matters here is whether ending the HIV epidemic is actually achievable.

It is — if you consider that the pioneering telemedicine company Nurx is already revolutionizing HIV prevention — with HIV at-home test kits and PrEP prescription and delivery.

"While the President's remarks may seem aspirational given that over a million people in the United States are still living with HIV, I believe that by harnessing the right tools and technology this worthy goal may be more realistic than we think," noted Nurx CEO and co-founder Hans Gangeskar.

Nurx is the only platform that allows you to consult online with medical providers to see if PrEP is right for you. You complete needed lab work, get a PrEP prescription, and have PrEP delivered straight to your door — all without stepping foot inside a clinic, lab, or pharmacy. PrEP is up to 99% effective at preventing HIV when taken daily.

The easy, judgement-free, and discreet service is spurring demand for PrEP from Nurx.

"We've offered PrEP since 2016 and have seen requests for the medication increase 10 times just in the few months we've offered the home test kit," Gangeskar said.

Roughly 1 million people in this country are at serious risk for HIV and could benefit from PrEP, but fewer than one in ten actually take PrEP. If more people took PrEP, we could prevent almost 50,000 HIV infections by 2020, according to Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is heading up the president's initiative.

Nurx breaks down barriers to HIV treatment and prevention, with a simple at-home test kit that lets you complete all the required lab work (including STI screening) in the privacy of your own home.

Nurx also breaks down cost barriers. PrEP is an expensive medication, often running upwards of $2,000 for a 30-day supply if you're paying out of pocket. Nurx aims to make PrEP affordable to everybody. By matching you to the right payment assistance program, Nurx helps you join the ranks of the vast majority of Nurx PrEP patients who spend little to nothing for the medication each month.

"By addressing barriers to care with convenient and thoughtful methods, we're now helping thousands of people every month find out their HIV status, start on PrEP if appropriate and in some instances, help connect people who find they are living with HIV with care and treatment," Gangeskar added.

With 40,000 people diagnosed with HIV every year, there's no reason to wait. It's time to take charge of your health today with a preventative solution like PrEP.

Learn more about Nurx and PreP here.

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