First December marks the World AIDS Day in the World and London, Ont. a politician continues to push through the province to provide cover for drugs to prevent HIV.
World Aids Day is a day for marking AIDS victims and raising awareness of the spread of HIV. The World Health Organization announced this year's theme for the 30th anniversary of the World AIDS Day, "Know Your Status".
New Democrat MPP Terrance Kerargan is a critic of LGBTQ issues in Ontario. He hopes the province will provide universal coverage of pre-exposure prophylaxis, also known as EP.
"Health care is a major battle. When we look around Canada, provinces cover PrEP costs, which will disable the spread of AIDS and reduce infection rates," Kernagan said.
"Unfortunately, it's a drug that is not covered in Ontario".
PrEP is a daily pill that is up to 99 per cent effective in preventing the transmission of HIV.
The price of the generic form of the drug lasts about $ 250 per month, while the brand version, Truvada, costs up to $ 1,000 a month. For some vulnerable risky Ontarians, they have kept higher costs from buying the drug.
The province has around 30,000 people living with HIV, and one in five people do not know they have the virus. The cost of health care for every patient is estimated at $ 250,000. Kernagan says coverage of preventive medicine will save the province's debts.
"We believe that if people take the drugs they need according to the universal pharmacist program, people will be healthier and we will see cost savings in the health sector," he said.
Kernaghan began to push the province to invest in drugs in September, but until now there was no action.
Alberta approved the coverage of the drug as of October 1, joining six other provinces that already provide coverage.
Globally, there were approximately 36.9 million people with HIV in 2017 and about 940,000 people who died of AIDS-related illness.