September 22nd, 2017: As of September 28th, 2017, PrEP will be officially covered by Ontario Drug Benefits (ODB) – this includes Trillium, Ontario Disability Support Program, Ontario Works, and the Seniors Plan, and listed on the ODB formulary.
July 26th, 2017: Generic PrEP is now in stock at The Village Pharmacy. Have your doctor fax/email us your prescription, or bring it in at your convenience. Get in touch with any questions about insurance, taking PrEP and more. We’re here to help.
PrEP – What is it?
PrEP is your best defense against contracting HIV. PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Being on PrEP means you take one dose of an HIV drug called Truvada, or its generic equivalent, once a day, every day. If you’re a gay man and sexually active with multiple partners, you’re a good candidate for PrEP to prevent HIV infection. Being on PrEP doesn’t give you protection against sexually transmitted infections, but gives you extra protection from those ‘oops’ moments, and peace of mind when it comes to HIV. Get tested, consider PrEP, stay healthy.
Is PrEP safe?
PrEP has been shown to be very safe when taken as directed. In fact, a study published in the Oxford Journal showed PrEP to be just as safe as Aspirin. And, another study from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco showed *zero* HIV infections among 600 men who were on PrEP for 2 ½ years.
3 Steps to Get Started on PrEP
1. Make an appointment with your doctor to talk about going on PrEP. Your doctor will probably ask you to get some blood work done to make sure you are a good candidate for PrEP. If you don’t have a doctor, The Village Pharmacy can recommend one for you.
2. Get a prescription for Truvada, or its generic equivalent, from your doctor. Have your doctor email /fax us the prescription, or bring it in at your convenience.
3. Pickup your prescription or arrange for delivery. You can count on us for help with insurance, counselling and to answer any questions you may have about being on PrEP.
Is Truvada covered by Insurance?
Most insurance plans provided by your employer will cover the cost of Truvada, minus your co-pay. If you do not have an insurance plan, The Village Pharmacy can help you assess your eligibility and access coverage through other options. Ask us today about coverage.
Medical Clinics & Doctors for PrEP & HIV in Toronto
Here is a list of Medical Clinics in Toronto that specialize in PrEP and HIV. Please note that not all clinics will be accepting new patients all the time. Call the clinics directly to find a doctor and setup your appointment. Most offer blood work on-site. Once you have a prescription, bring it in to The Village Pharmacy. We’re here to help get you started and answer all your questions.
Church Wellesley Health Centre, 491 Church Street, Toronto
416 463 1500
St. Micheal’s Health Centre at 410, 410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto
St. Michael’s Health Centre at 80 Bond Street (at the Hospital), Toronto
Resources on PrEP
About The Village Pharmacy
The Village Pharmacy is your best source for PrEP meds. Pharmacist Zahid Somani B.Sc. RPh has been working in HIV treatment since the 1990’s (which means he’s seen it all!) and is an active member of the HIV support community in Toronto.
The Village Pharmacy is a different kind of drugstore. We get you know you by name and we’re committed to your health – from counselling on drug interactions to accessing insurance – we’ve got you covered. No hassles. No judgement. Just the info and meds you need. Find us on Church Street in the heart of the Village (two doors up from Woody’s) or connect with us on Facebook.