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Together, we can help end the HIV epidemic in America

Two unknown subjects holding hands.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched Ending the HIV Epidemic, a bold plan to reduce new HIV infections in America by 90% by 2030. CVS Health® can help people access testing and preventive medications, as well as treatments and support for those living with HIV.

A pen hovers over the HIV testing section of a virology form.
A pen hovers over the HIV testing section of a virology form.

Preventive medication

CVS Health has donated PrEP prescription dispensing services through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as part of the Ready, Set, PrEP program. Those eligible can have PrEP prescriptions filled through CVS Pharmacy® for free. PrEP is available to those who are eligible at no out-of-pocket cost.

PrEP is a prevention strategy for people who are at risk of contracting HIV and involves taking medicine to lower the chances of being infected. PrEP can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV through sexual contact by about 99% and via infected needles by at least 74%.

CVS Health has donated PrEP prescription dispensing services through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as part of the Ready, Set, PrEP program. Those eligible can have PrEP prescriptions filled through CVS Pharmacy® for free. PrEP is available to those who are eligible at no out-of-pocket cost.

PEP means taking a short course of HIV medicines within 72 hours of possible exposure to HIV to prevent becoming infected by the virus. PEP should only be used in emergency situations and is not meant for regular use by people who may be exposed to HIV frequently. People who are HIV-negative and think they may have been recently exposed to HIV should talk to their health care provider or an emergency room doctor about PEP right away.

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A circle of people extending their hands to the middle to create a hand pile.
A circle of people extending their hands to the middle to create a hand pile.

Stigma

Everyone can play a role in eliminating the stigma associated with HIV, HIV testing, and HIV prevention. One way to help is to tell at least one person you know that everyone should get an HIV test. Talk about condoms, PrEP, and HIV treatment, too, so that people can take action to protect themselves and their partners.

Let's change the way we talk about HIV. Instead of saying "high-risk groups", say highly affected communities or key populations.