AFH and MISTR Join Hands for an Upswing in PrEP Accessibility

AFH and MISTR Join Hands for an Upswing in PrEP Accessibility

By Pharma Tech Outlook | Thursday, March 26, 2020

AFH has evolved into a professionally managed human services organization from a grass-roots community agency, which, apart from several other services, provides Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), intending to serve the low-income people living with HIV.

FREMONT, CA: AIDS Foundation Houston Inc. (AFH) is a non-profit organization committed to put an end to the HIV epidemic and support those who are affected by HIV. AFH recently announced a new partnership with MISTR to offer easy access to PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis medication.

As an online telemedicine service, MISTR works on connecting people not living with HIV, with PrEP, a pill regimen to be followed once every day that is up to 99 percent effective at protecting HIV transfer. Additionally, the site also helps the users to consult safely with a licensed doctor, conduct the needed lab work at home with privacy, and deliver PrEP at no cost every month. The collaboration makes AFH the third community partner on the MISTR platform, after its initial launch in Atlanta and LA.

The announced partnership between MISTR and AFH deals with the barriers that several individuals encounter while they are starting, as well as going through the PrEP treatment. It additionally includes privacy concerns, the expense and time of the physician visits, and insurance coverage. MISTR helps in granting access to required medications through different patient assistance programs with minimal cost or no out-of-pocket expenses for the clients who do not have insurance or are under-insured.

"At AFH, we are passionate about using every available resource to make PrEP more affordable, accessible, and convenient for the people who want it. Our partnership with MISTR will enable us to reach more people than ever before, and it integrates seamlessly with our existing HIV/STD community outreach, counseling, testing, referral, and linkage services," stated John Huckaby, CEO of AIDS Foundation Houston.

The platform of MISTR eliminated the visits to a doctor by providing their users with a platform free of any shaming and judgment, where people have the liberty of asking their questions freely concerning their sexual activity. The partnership will help AFH in achieving its 2020 mission of meeting the client requirements better. By extending its reach and offerings, along with new leadership positions and an alteration in strategic direction, AFH can successfully make progress in the mission of ending the HIV epidemic in Houston.

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