THE PRICE OF PREP MEDICINE IN FINNISH PHARMACIES GOES DOWN SINGNIFICANTLY

15.01.2020

THE PRICE OF PREP MEDICINE IN FINNISH PHARMACIES GOES DOWN SINGNIFICANTLY

The price of prep medicine went down more to 30 percent today! According to our survey targeted to men who have sex with men, 50 euros is the maximum price people are willing to pay for the prep meds.

The generic prep medicines arrived at Finnish pharmacies in May 2019 along with guidelines for health professionals (only in Finnish) from The National Institute for Health and Welfare. Until yesterday the lowest price for prep medicine has been 75 euros which is not affordable for all potential prep users. Today (15th of January) there has been a change in the price range of prep medicines and it’s now available for 50 euros per 30 tablets.

Hivpoint and HIV Finland conducted 2017 an internet survey addressing sexual health issues targeted to men who have sex with men. Over 1000 men completed the survey. According to the survey 50 euros is the maximum price that people are willing to pay for prep medication.

It is possible to get prep treatment form the public health care. The doctor’s appointment and lab tests are free, but the user has the pay for the medicines himself.  The national health care insurance (KELA) doesn’t compensate prep medication.

If you live in the Capital area you can get prep treatment at the Veneers Diseases Outpatient Clinic in Meilahti. In other parts of Finland prep treatment is mainly carried out by the infectious diseases’ policlinics.  The queue for the treatment is long in the Capital area. It can take up to three months to get the appointment. If you have a high-risk getting HIV, you can ask about prep from you doctor or from Hivpoint (prep(at)hivpoint.fi). You can also directly contact the health care units that carry out prep treatment.

The availability of prep medication can vary between pharmacies. At most pharmacies you can check the availability from their webpage. You should be prepared that the time of delivery for the medicines can be a few days. Read more about prep from our webpage.

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