SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nurx, the consumer healthcare company providing free online consultations with physicians and seamless home delivery of medications, is now available in Alabama. Nurx offers birth control and the HIV prevention medication PrEP, expanding access to convenient and high quality healthcare.
Today Nurx is also announcing that Alabama native and Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA has joined the telemedicine company's board of directors. Dr. Benjamin will advise the company on a variety of critical public health issues and brings a strong background and commitment to patient-first preventive care.
"I have always been committed to ensuring everyone has access to quality affordable healthcare, regardless of their income or where they live," said Dr. Benjamin. "I look forward to working with the Nurx team as they break down barriers to care, increase access, and ultimately help improve the health of the nation."
Nurx is especially focused on those who traditionally lack access to affordable health care services and prescriptions. After consulting with a state-licensed provider, Nurx users can choose from over 50 birth control brands, many of which are affordable and cost-effective for those with and without insurance. In Alabama, more than half of all pregnancies are unintended (55 percent) and public spending for unplanned pregnancies in Alabama topped an estimated $323 million in 2010.*
Committed to giving users full control of their sexual health, Nurx also offers PrEP, a daily pill that is up to 99% effective at preventing transmission of the HIV virus. Southern states accounted for more than half of new HIV diagnoses in 2016, with 13.1 new cases for every 100,000 people in Alabama. Southern states have the highest number of new HIV diagnoses in the U.S., but have disproportionately fewer people using anti-HIV treatment.**
Nurx recently removed a critical barrier to PrEP treatment by offering an at-home test kit, allowing patients to discreetly complete all the testing required before initiating PrEP. Nurx is the only company that allows patients to consult with a provider to determine if PrEP is right for them, complete the necessary lab work, receive and fill the prescription, and have PrEP delivered straight to their door - all without needing to visit a physical health center.
"We're putting the power back in the people of Alabama's hands by making critical healthcare services much more accessible, all the while keeping it affordable," said Hans Gangeskar, co-founder and CEO of Nurx. "State by state, our users get the care they need when they need it, regardless of their insurance status or where they live. We're especially thrilled to have Dr. Benjamin join our board as well. She has consistently demonstrated her commitment to community health and pushing for innovative healthcare solutions, and we're thrilled that Dr. Benjamin will bring these same insights to Nurx."
Nurx offers a seamless experience by integrating an owned-and-operated pharmacy, a network of partner physicians, and a telehealth app. Nurx is now available in 21 states and the District of Columbia, encompassing more than 70% of the US population. The full list includes California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and now Alabama. The company operates according to state and federal standards, including HIPAA.
Nurx is a telemedicine platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. Starting with birth control and PrEP for HIV prevention, Nurx is available in 21 states and counting. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better.
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