HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch

AIDS Drug Assistance Program

The goal of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) is to make available in a timely manner HIV medications that can increase the duration and quality of life of people living with HIV. Currently, over 181 drugs are available through ADAP. There are approximately 250 participating San Diego pharmacies where clients may access these drugs. 


HIV positive individuals may go to any of the 239 enrollment sites located throughout California. San Diego ADAP enrollment sites.


Individuals are eligible for ADAP if they:

  • are a resident of California;
  • are HIV infected;
  • are 18 years of age or older;
  • have a Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) that does not exceed 500% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) per year based on family size and household income 
  • have a valid prescription from a licensed California physician; and
  • lack private insurance that covers the medications or do not qualify for Medi-Cal.

Applicants who earn more than 400% of FPL, based on family size and household income may have a monthly cost-sharing obligation.


Federal and state law requires that ADAP funds be used only as the payer of last resort. The goal of ADAP is to help individuals access and maintain HIV prescription drug coverage, while ensuring that ADAP is used only after all other payer options are exhausted.

Medicare Part D/Medi-Cal: Medicare-eligible ADAP clients are required to use the prescription drug benefits available under Medicare Part D. ADAP will be able to assist clients in meeting some out-of-pocket costs associated with the various levels of coverage available under Medicare Part D.

Private Insurance: Persons who have private insurance coverage must use that plan's prescription drug coverage benefit. ADAP is able to assist clients in meeting some out-of-pocket costs associated with private insurance prescription drug coverage.

Persons who have private insurance but need of help paying premiums or co-pays can contact the Office of AIDS/Health Insurance Premium Payment (OA/HIPP) Program or the Medi-Cal HIPP Program. 

About HIV Medications

HIV medications (antiretrovirals) delay progression of the disease and help prevent life threatening infections for which HIV positive individuals are at higher risk due to their suppressed immune systems. As a result, HIV medications enhance the quality of life for many HIV positive persons and enable them to live healthy lives. For more information on HIV medications, please visit


For more information, phone (619) 293-4716 or send us an email.

Last updated January 10, 2020.