MI-EPIC (stands for Medicare Ineligible – Expanded PrEP Implementation in Communities) is a follow-on study of the EPIC-NSW Study (a NSW PrEP trial), which ceased new enrolments on 30 April 2018.

The study will provide participants with up to 12 months of free daily PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) a prevention medication for HIV negative people who are at risk of infection, to reduce their chance of getting HIV. It involves taking medication on a daily basis.

MI-EPIC aims to assist overseas-born individuals who are Medicare-ineligible and are wanting to maximise their HIV prevention options by commencing PrEP.

The study is open to people who meet the eligibility criteria and are available to attend regular check-ups.

How can I join MI-EPIC?

To join the MI-EPIC study you will need to contact one of the seven participating study across NSW. Following this you will undergo an assessment with a doctor where you’ll be asked some questions regarding your sexual history to determine your eligibility.

The list of participating sites and their contact details are:

How ELSE can I access PrEP?

Australian Healthcare System

If you are an Australian resident with a current Medicare card you can access PrEP through the PBS at a subsidised cost. This means any doctor or general practitioner can write a script for PrEP which you can take to any pharmacy for dispensing (collection).

The cost will depend on your personal circumstances. A script for one month’s supply of PrEP will cost $40.30 or $6.50 if you have a concession card.

Personal Importation

If you are not able to access PrEP through Medicare and are ineligible to join MI-EPIC, another option is to purchase a generic version of the drug from a reliable overseas supplier. You still require a script from a doctor before ordering online. There are multiple suppliers who export PrEP into Australia at a range of costs. Visit the ‘PrEP Access Now’ website for more information.

How can I find out more?

To find out more information about the study, go to epic-nswstudy.org.au. There you will also find the contact details of participating clinics in Sydney and across NSW, and instructions on how to make an appointment with a doctor.

You can also call ACON on 9206 2000 or the NSW PrEP Infoline on 1800 451 624 to discuss other options of accessing PrEP.