Free PrEP for Community Services Card Holders
The New Zealand AIDS Foundation has partnered with Green Cross Pharmacy, to support a scheme that provides PrEP at no cost to people who have been prescribed PrEP and who have a Community Services Card.
PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) is a daily pill that provides protection from HIV. PrEP is likely to become more readily available in New Zealand in the near future, as the patent for Truvada expires in July of this year.
If you are considering going on PrEP the first step is to discuss this with your doctor. Because PrEP is so new here, there are only a few doctors in New Zealand who are fully across the medication. You can also contact NZAF if you have any questions about PrEP.
It’s important to be aware that PrEP only targets HIV and does not provide protection against any other STIs, so if you're not using condoms consistently it's really important to get a full STI check-up every three months.
Once you've spoken with your doctor and have a prescription, there are two main ways that you can currently access PrEP. The first is to buy Gilead's Truvada from a local pharmacy, which can cost around $1000 a month. The other way is to import generic PrEP through an online pharmacy. This involves uploading a prescription for PrEP from your doctor in New Zealand, and purchasing the drug online. Currently, this costs around $50 - $80 per month.
This cost can be prohibitive for some people who need PrEP, which is why a free coupon system has been created. If you have a valid Community Services Card and a PrEP prescription, you may be eligible to receive a free order of PrEP from Green Cross Pharmacy. This will supply you with 90 tablets - enough to last three months. You can apply online using the form at the bottom of this page.
This is part of a global system Green Cross Pharmacy has set up, where they distribute one coupon for every ten orders that come through their website. This does mean that there are a limited number available, so applying doesn’t guarantee access.
Jason Myers, Executive Director of NZAF says, “We’re really excited to be delivering this scheme to guys in the community who aren’t able to access PrEP for financial reasons. While PrEP isn’t a solution for everyone, this is an important step forward in making PrEP accessible for those who do need it.”
If this offer isn’t something you can take up, but you know someone who might be eligible for this discount, encourage them to apply! Together, we can end HIV.
Apply for a coupon from Green Cross Pharmacy
- You can apply for a coupon more than once, but each application will be assessed independently and according to availability of coupons.
- Please note that processing will not be immediate and may take up to one week.
- Once a decision is made regarding your eligibility, we will delete any files you upload from our database.
- If successful, you will be emailed a discount code to use on checkout at www.greencrosspharmacy.online