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.