Who are we?
PAN (PrEPaccessNOW Inc) is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association, that aims to lead the way in Australia and the world in contributing to the end of HIV by improving access to PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) for those who need it as well as access to treatment and reducing stigma for people living with HIV.
If you’re PrEPaccessNOW, what is PAN?
The committee originally formed as PrEPaccessNOW, and PrEP access remains our main focus still. PrEP, however, is just one of the effective tools we have to prevent HIV along with condoms and Treatment as Prevention or TasP. As well as being an acronym for PrEPaccessNOW, the word ‘pan’ also means all. PAN embraces ALL effective HIV prevention tools, and particularly TasP.
How did this all come about?
The PAN committee was formed in August 2015 in response to growing community unrest about the lack of access to PrEP, one of the most effective HIV prevention tools. At the time, PrEP was not approved by the TGA nor listed on the PBS and there was little knowledge amongst at-risk communities about PrEP. Our friends over in the USA had approved access to PrEP back in 2012, so why shouldn’t we? And so PAN was born.
Hold up, what’s PrEP?
Head on over to our PrEP 101 page for more info.
What does PAN do exactly?
PAN provides peer-led community education to those wanting to know more about PrEP and where to get it. We advocate on behalf of the community to
We run a community focused Facebook page where PrEP users, prescribers, and those in the HIV sector can all interact and share their personal stories as well as information about PrEP. We also advocate on behalf of the community for wider affordable access to PrEP for all who want it.
PrEP is not yet listed on the PBS in Australia, forcing many to personally import the medication from overseas (How does that work?). PAN provides support to those who cannot afford to import PrEP through our assistance coupon scheme.
PAN is proud to be one of the members of the Victorian PrEP Accord alongside The Victorian AIDS Council (VAC), PrEP’d for Change, Time4PrEP, Living Positive Victoria, Positive Women, Straight Arrows and researchers from the VicPrEP clinical PrEP study.