Ohio PrEP patients have access to home testing, no cost to those that qualify

Published On: March 22, 2021By Categories: KitsTags: ,


The Ohio Department of Health’s PrEP Assistance Program (PAPI) provides financial assistance for HIV prevention for any resident making less than 500% of the federal poverty line (less than $62,450 per year). This program has been a watershed for patients with the highest risk for HIV in the state, many of whom struggle to reach a lab for CDC-recommended quarterly testing. 

Last week, Molecular Testing Labs was approved as a diagnostics provider for PAPI-qualified patients. That means these patients can access our self-collection kits from the comfort and privacy of their own home. For non-salaried patients, this means no longer having to take time off work to wait in a phlebotomist’s waiting room, saving these patients hours of travel time and lost wages. 

Molecular Testing Labs is the nation’s leading provider of diagnostics on patient-collected samples, with a particular focus on sexually transmitted infections. Our advancements in dried blood spot technology allows us to offer the following assays: fourth generation confirmatory HIV p24 Ag/Ab, Hepatitis B sAg, Hepatitis C Ab, syphilis Ab, and creatinine. 

Providers rely on our testing to maintain visibility into their patients’ health and increase persistence to medications like PrEP. With access to at home, self-collected sample kits, testing is no longer a barrier to medication adherence. 

If you’re a PrEP provider in Ohio and you’d like to enroll in the PAPI program, you can visit this page. If you’d like to offer self-collection at your practice, please reach out to hello at! 

About the Author: Staff

Molecular Testing Labs is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. Molecular’s leaders are visionary in their approach to precision laboratory diagnostics and are committed to revolutionizing accessibility to testing via proprietary technology systems, advanced logistics, and cutting-edge research and development. They provide laboratory solutions through collaborative partnerships with payors, private healthcare institutions, universities, commercial partners, and public health organizations. Molecular Testing Labs is a CLIA- and CAP-accredited, state-of-the-art reference laboratory that is passionate about bridging the gap and building bonds between the large communities that have access to diagnostics and the smaller underserved communities that deserve that same access. Molecular Testing Labs is pioneering distribution and specimen collection methods that open access to medical testing where geographic, financial, and stigma barriers create gaps in the delivery of healthcare.