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Prevention Assistance Program Interventions (PAPI)

ODH’s PrEP assistance program, Prevention Assistance Program Interventions (PAPI), anticipates its launched on October 1. If you are an access point, you may begin enrolling clients.

PAPI Providers

We are actively enrolling PAPI providers into the system now. Please see the attached fillable Provider Request if you are interested in becoming a PAPI Provider. PAPI Providers include both Pharmacies and Medical Providers. Medical Providers can be Copay providers (the state pays client’s co-pays associated with PrEP care) or Full-Pay providers (provide PrEP care based on ODH HIV Prevention’s fee schedule and be reimbursed for services).

  • To become a PAPI provider, complete the Provider Request and email it to PAPI@odh.ohio.gov and our PAPI Coordinator, Tracey Barron-Watkins, will contact you.

What is PAPI?

PAPI (Prevention Assistance Program Interventions) is an HIV prevention program created by the Ohio Department of Health. It’s for HIV-negative Ohioans who have or are seeking a PrEP prescription. PAPI pays for PrEP-related medical costs, including:

  • Office and medical copays;
  • Copays associated with required laboratory work;
  • Prescription copays that are not covered by a patient assistance program;
  • Medical services for people who are not eligible for insurance.

Who is Eligible for PAPI?

To be eligible for PAPI, one must:

  • Be HIV-negative
  • Live in Ohio
  • Make below $36, 420 (300% of the Federal Poverty Level for a tax household of 1)

How do I Apply?

One may apply for PAPI at a PAPI Access Point, or you can complete this short online referral and a Prevention Specialist will follow-up. The referral form is a public link and may be posted on organizational websites; the ODH HIV Prevention page will be updated to include it as well. Prevention Specialists may also enroll individuals in Medicaid or private health insurance and can assist in finding PrEP providers. To talk to someone about enrolling in PAPI or taking PrEP, call the Ohio HIV/STI Hotline: 1-800-332-2437.

Current Access Points include: AHF Columbus; Canton City Health Department; Caracole, Inc; Cleveland Department of Public Health; Columbus Public Health; Equitas Health; Hamilton County Public Health; Metro Health; Portsmouth City Health Department; Public Health Dayton Montgomery County; and Summit County Health Department.

To ask administrative questions about the PAPI program, contact ODH HIV Prevention at 877-448-0909 or email PAPI@odh.ohio.gov