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Truvada (PreP) cost vs. hormonal birth control

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July 2, 2019
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I’ve been celibate for a while, and have recently decided to start exploring dating and sex again after meeting someone. So, I decided to get a prescription for Truvada and for generic Viagra. I have excellent employer based health insurance.

I was surprised to find the Truvada is over $100 per month, even with my very high level of coverage, and Viagra is $8 a pill. Those are copays. Both drugs are considered medically necessary by the insurance company’s policy, and my provider got the necessary approval for the Truvada. I consider both drugs to be necessary for my mental and sexual health as a (soon to be) sexually active gay man.

When I brought this up to my employer I was told that it was medical policy to have an authorization and a high copay for Truvada. The director of HR called it a “lifestyle drug”.

And of course, birth control pills and implants are available at no cost to women through my plan, and don’t even require a prescription. Abortions have a small copay. So a mans sexual health is ignored or judged, while women are “sex-positive” and celebrated for their sex lives.

Sorry, just wanted to vent. Another example of men (and gay men in particular) being run over in pursuit of “feminism” and female control of our lives. They control the healthcare industry and use it to their advantage like everything else.


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Title Truvada (PreP) cost vs. hormonal birth control
Author TomKeynes
Upvotes 3
Comments 9
Date 02 July 2019 07:21 PM UTC (1 year ago)
Subreddit altTRP
Link https://theredarchive.com/post/244472
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[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (4 children) | Copy

You may not like it but technically, your HR isn’t wrong though. You can still have sex and use condoms which afford better protection.

The viagra cost sounds reasonable so I’m not commenting on it.

[–]TomKeynes0 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy

Of course condoms are available, and I intend to use them. But it’s a fact that in order to be entirely safe I need PreP. The fact that it isn’t available on the same terms as birth control should be considered discrimination. Of course it wouldn’t be because free birth control for women is sexually empowering, but my right to have a safe and healthy sex life is a deviant lifestyle.

[–]str8s-are-4-fags1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Why do you need to take prep? I've never understood this. I thought it was intended for bareback bottoms who can't stop taking Anon loads. If you use condoms and your partner uses condoms what.s the risk?

[–]48151_623420 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

That's exactly what it's for, or for the rare case where you're in a serodiscordant relationship. Men who make healthy choices should never require PrEP.

[–]48151_623420 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

But it’s a fact that in order to be entirely safe I need PreP.

That is not true for most men or even most gay men. However most women benefit from birth control.

[–]bicureyooz0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

PreP is a new drug, but once more companies are able to make it easily, the cost should go down. It's the lass of "supply and demand." Currently, there's not many companies making a large amount of 'suppy'.

On the other hand, birth control has been around for ages and are more easily manufactured.

[–]TomKeynes0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

I compared prices to name brand birth control. All birth control is entirely free on my plan, name brand, long term, anything.

Gilead (what a name for a drug company) has been permitted to extend their patent on PreP multiple times, and likely will again before it comes off patent in 2020. In fact, it shouldn’t have ever been allowed to be patented as it is a simple combination of drugs that were unpatented.

[–]bicureyooz0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

In fact, it shouldn’t have ever been allowed to be patented as it is a simple combination of drugs that were unpatented.

As much as I'd like it to be free, there are lawyers on both sides of the aisle when patenting happened for this drug. This is beyond the scope of me. Good luck in your search!

[–]48151_623420 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Interesting. Birth control is obviously a lifestyle drug as well, and I'm shocked that it has no prescription since it is one of the worst drugs to ever be invented from a health perspective; insanely pervasive in the environment and water supply and easily transmitted from women to men, fucking up male hormones not just in humans but in fish and other aquatic animals.

That being said, Truvada seems to be essentially harmless, at least so far. We should wait and see since it's a relatively new drug.



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