The Government of Yukon will begin providing coverage for a prescription drug which reduces the risk of individuals contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The Government of Yukon will cover the cost of the medication, known as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication.
The PrEP medication will be available to people at-risk of contracting HIV. The medication is in a pill format, and taken daily. An individual must be confirmed to be HIV negative before beginning the medication.
The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates there are more than 63,000 Canadians living with HIV and up to 14 per cent of people living with HIV are unaware that they are infected.
Providing coverage for this medication will ensure at-risk Yukoners have access to this important preventative drug. We know HIV is more prevalent in vulnerable populations, and these populations often don’t have coverage through other means. It is important to ensure Yukoners who need access to this medication can receive it.
Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost
The PrEP medication lowers the chance of individuals getting HIV by up to 90 per cent.
People must be tested for HIV before starting the medication and at least every three months while taking the medication.
Coverage will begin mid-January 2021.
Yukoners can receive the prescription from their regular health care provider, and receive the medication and renewals through the Sexual Health Clinic or their community health centre.