I’m not eligible for funded PrEP - now what?
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 your prescription, there are some options for you to access PrEP:
1) Importing PrEP
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 to purchase PrEP from a legitimate website - we are aware of these websites that ship to New Zealand:
2) 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.
3) 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.