3. Import from an online chemist

You can import your HIV medications from an online chemist using the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Personal Importation Scheme

This allows people to purchase generic brands of HIV medications from an online chemist for their own personal use. This means that PLHIV who are ineligible for Medicare can access medication at a cost that is substantially lower than if they purchase brand-name ART medication from Australian pharmacies.

When you purchase and import HIV medication for your personal use, there are a number of conditions you must comply with. The medicines are only to be used by you and must not be given to any other person. You can import a maximum of a three month supply with a valid Australian-issued prescription from an Australian S100 prescriber (specialist HIV doctor).
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Online purchases of medicines must be approached with caution. You need to ensure that the website is legitimate and offers safe and reliable medication; otherwise there are risks that it is past the use-by date or not manufactured to appropriate standards. The World Health Organisation (WHO) approves safe and reliable HIV medications and purchasing WHO approved generic medications, means you can expect high levels of efficacy.

Three reputable online websites include:

Positive Life is available to offer information and support to ALL people living with HIV in NSW, whether you are Medicare eligible or not. We offer safe, free and confidential support.

If you need support in this process you can call a Positive Life Treatment Officer on 1800 245 677 (freecall) or (02) 9206-2177.

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