California becomes first state to allow HIV prevention without prescription

Pharmacists will be authorized to dispense a 60-day supply of pre-exposure prophylaxis or post-exposure prophylaxis

Pharmacists in California will be able to dispense HIV prevention pills to patients without a doctor’s prescription after the state’s governor signed legislation that supporters say will greatly reduce the spread of infection.

Advocates of Senate Bill 159 say California is the first state to authorize pre-exposure prophylaxis, also called PrEP, and post-exposure prophylaxis, known as PEP, without prescriptions. California is already considered a leader in AIDS prevention, they say.

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