USPSTF Recommendation for PrEP
SAN FRANCISCO, June 11, 2019–Today, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) finalized its recommendation for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), giving PrEP a grade A. This recommendation advises that clinicians offer PrEP inclusive of the medication and lab and clinic visits to all individuals indicated for PrEP based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Grade A is the highest recommendation that a service can receive. Provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) require most private insurance plans and Medicaid expansion programs to cover all Grade A and B rated services with no cost sharing.
“San Francisco AIDS Foundation applauds the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force for giving pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) the highest grade possible, requiring that most health insurance plans cover PrEP with no cost-sharing requirements,” said Joe Hollendoner, San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO. “PrEP has been proven to be a highly effective intervention in preventing new cases of HIV, and receiving an A grade is an important step towards increased access. We know, however, that access does not automatically result in utilization so we call on healthcare providers to educate their patients who are at-risk for HIV acquisition—especially those who are people of color—about PrEP and how it can protect their sexual health.”