Who can prescribe PrEP?
Any doctor that is licensed to practice in BC can prescribe PrEP. Nurse practitioners who have taken the Treatment for HIV Prevention program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC CfE) can also prescribe PrEP.
If you are a primary care physician or nurse practitioner and you are willing to prescribe PrEP, or you are a registered nurse conducting PrEP assessments, please refer to our PrEP Resources page for all the relevant resources.
If you are not comfortable with assessing clients and prescribing PrEP, please refer your client to another provider who is willing to prescribe PrEP. Public health STI clinics and primary care centres are good options. You can complete the Prescriber Notification Letter for your client to bring with them.
How much does PrEP cost?
Provincially-funded PrEP is available through the HIV Drug Treatment Program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
To be eligible for free PrEP, a person needs to be:
- At substantial risk for HIV infection
- A current BC resident with Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage or Interim Federal Health coverage (e.g. Refugee status)
People living in BC without MSP or Interim Federal Health coverage can still get PrEP, though it will not be provincially-funded. To access PrEP, individuals will need to either:
- Pay for it themselves
- Seek coverage through a private insurer or extended health care
- Purchase it through the Davie Buyers Club
Inuit persons living in BC can access free PrEP through the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program; pre-approval from the BC CfE is not required. First Nations and Metis people living in BC can only access free PrEP through the HIV Drug Treatment Program at the BC CfE.