California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Monday which makes HIV-prevention drugs available with no prescription required. Thanks to this bill, pharmacists can now dispense both PrEP, or preexposure prophylaxis, and PEP, post-exposure prophylaxis.
The measure follows a 2015 California law that made it possible for women to walk into a pharmacy and get a prescription for birth control.
PrEP can reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken daily, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PEP, meanwhile, is for emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours of possible exposure to HIV, the CDC says.
The bill also prohibits insurance companies from requiring patients to get prior authorization before they can use their benefits of obtaining the medications.
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