Individuals can now access lifesaving treatment for COVID-19 via the Test to Treat initiative for free and in an instant. This program was launched by the Biden-Harris administration in March as part of the ongoing battle to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic as quickly as possible.
Under this program, individuals can be screened and tested at Test to Treat locations, and if their results turn out positive, they will receive the treatment they need either on-site or through telehealth.
In addition, they can also have their prescription filled at these locations by a healthcare provider present. People may also bring their test results, which they acquired from their home testing kit, to locations designated as Test to Treat centers to be assessed and treated by a medical professional.
The good news is that there is now numerous federally-supported Test to Treat centers across the United States, including DOCs Medical Group in Connecticut.
How it Works
Access to diagnosis and treatment in the early stages of infection should not be hindered by restrictions. Patients should be able to go into pharmacies with assistance from health practitioners, get tested for Covid-19, and be provided oral antiviral medication for free.
The Test to Treat program aims to eliminate obstacles that can get in the way of determining signs of COVID-19 by ensuring patients do not have to wait for days or weeks to get a diagnosis or start treatment. This one-stop Test to Treat site will have medical professionals ready to assess patients, provide treatment, and send the patient back with a prescription to purchase their medication.
Take note that eligible individuals must start right away upon virus detection for the treatment to be fully effective. Follow these three simple steps:
1. Visit a Test to Treat Site Near You
You can either visit Test To Treat sites to get tested for COVID-19 or present the test results you have from your at-home kits or those provided by a health care provider. If you are unsure of where to go, visit the Test to Treat website to find the location near you or ask your primary care provider for a referral.
2. Get a Prescription
If the COVID-19 test turns out positive, ensure that you inquire with the healthcare provider present during your visit about your eligibility for a COVID-19 oral antiviral treatment. If you have other health concerns, don’t forget to communicate this with them and bring your past prescriptions or a list of medications you are on to help your provider better understand your health history.
3. Seek Treatment
Once done, put in a request to have the prescription filled by the on-site or associated pharmacist. Then, your oral antiviral tablets will be ready for you to use so that you can get started on your treatment right away!