If you think you might be interested in using PrEP, there are two ways you can access it - either through public funding or by self funding. Which option is for you will be determined by whether you meet the PHARMAC eligibility criteria.
Eligibility can be a little confusing, so we’ve created an easy tool to find out if you're eligible for funded PrEP. Remember, if you are not eligible there are still other ways you can access PrEP.
Access for people eligible for funded PrEP
If you think you’re eligible for funded PrEP then your next step is to visit a doctor for a PrEP consultation. The doctor will make sure that PrEP is the right choice for you by having a conversation about what it does and if you think you'll be able to fit PrEP into your daily routine and commit to regular check-ups.
Check out our online map that shows PrEP-friendly doctors in New Zealand. This will involve some tests and can take a little time, so please be patient. Once everything is approved, you will be able to get a three-month supply of PrEP for only $5.
Access for people not eligible for funded PrEP
The first step of sourcing PrEP on your own is to get a prescription. Check out our online map that shows you doctors around New Zealand who know how to prescribe PrEP, this will involve a conversation about whether PrEP is right for you and some tests.
Going to the doctor to get a prescription will mean you will have to pay a standard fee for the initial GP visit/s. Also, PrEP requires three-monthly check-ins for HIV and STI testing, and prescription renewal, so you’ll need to be prepared to pay for this every three months.
Once you have got your prescription there are a few options for you to access PrEP: importing it yourself, or purchasing it directly from a pharmacy.
With a prescription, you can import generic versions of PrEP from overseas for personal use. 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, plus delivery and money conversion costs.
It is important when importing your own supply that you purchase PrEP from a legitimate website - we can recommend the following:
Purchasing directly from a pharmacy
With a prescription, you can purchase PrEP direct from a pharmacy at market price. We expect this price will be around $70-$130 per bottle, with pharmacy mark-up. Contact your closest pharmacy to see if they have stock.
Can't afford to self fund PrEP?
The cost of self funding PrEP can be prohibitive for some people who need PrEP, which is why a free coupon system has been created. Find out more here.
Use our tool above to get the best information to guide you on your journey of taking PrEP, including the differences between daily PrEP and Event-driven PrEP.
I’m a clinician
If you are a clinician interested in learning more about PrEP, check out this information for PrEP prescribing clinicians.
If you're already prescribing PrEP and would like to be added to the doctor map, get in touch with us at [email protected].