Today, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) recommended that PrEP be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) expects PrEP to be available through the PBS in the firts half of this calendar year. The recommendation includes general schedule listing which means PrEP will soon be available to people through their GP. The Government is expected to announce a listing date soon.

This decision means Australia will be among the first countries in the world to have publicly funded and universal access to PrEP.

The implications for Western Australian’s is as follow:

  1. PrEPIT-WA, the WA PrEP trial still runs as per normal.
  2. Personal importation continues as an alternative option for those who choose it, or Medicare-ineligible people who do not meet the trial eligibility criteria.

See the full media release and fact sheet from AFAO below. The WA AIDS Council will release a statement soon.

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Media Release Fact Sheet

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