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Insurance Will Soon Cover HIV Prevention, But Many People Who Need it Still Won't Have Access

When Corey Walsh began using the drug Truvada, the pills were free but the quarterly lab tests and doctors' visits cost almost $400.

Published
11 July 2019
From
Vice
PrEP Trials Offer Insight for Reaching at-Risk Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

Reaching individuals at high risk of acquiring HIV infection continues to pose a challenge to uptake of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). A new study looked at PrEP clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa, examining recruitment strategies to reach women at high risk of contracting HIV.

Published
10 July 2019
From
Contagion Live
Same-day PrEP initiation a favorable option for patients at risk for HIV

Same-day initiation of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for HIV prevention was found to be safe, feasible and well-received among patients at a walk-in STD clinic, according to a recently published study. During the study, which was conducted at a clinic in Denver, a high proportion of the participants were linked to ongoing PrEP care, researchers reported.

Published
10 July 2019
From
Healio
NHS England recommends uncapped PrEP trial access

NHS England have announced five steps towards better access to the HIV prevention drug PrEP, including recommending removing the capped number of places on the ongoing IMPACT Trial. This follows a meeting yesterday between Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, NAT (National AIDS Trust), Terrence Higgins Trust, and PrEPster.

Published
08 July 2019
From
National Health Executive
What Does PrEP Cost Outside the United States?

For the past several years, doctors in the United States have watched enviously as other countries have approved generic versions of PrEP made by Mylan, Teva, and other generic drug companies. These cheaper generics have made it easier for governments to support large PrEP scale-up programs.

Published
04 July 2019
From
The Body
HHS gets a new HIV prevention patent, but will the agency demand royalties from Gilead?

On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services was awarded a new patent that broadly covers medicines derived from tenofovir and used to prevent HIV.

Published
03 July 2019
From
STAT
HIV diagnoses in Australia drop to lowest number in 18 years

Australia continues to lead the world in HIV prevention and in 2018 recorded the lowest number of HIV diagnoses since 2001. According to a report released today by the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney, last year there were 835 HIV diagnoses across the country, which represents a decline of 23% over five years.

Published
03 July 2019
From
University of New South Wales
FDA Eliminates REMS for HIV Drug Truvada and its Generics

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced late Monday that it would eliminate the risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) for Gilead's Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) and its four approved generics, which reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV.

Published
02 July 2019
From
Regulatory Focus
USPSTF PrEP Recommendation a Major Step Forward, but Not a Silver Bullet

The new ruling theoretically means patients will be able to access the drug without being exposed to high costs—or any costs, for that matter. However, it’s unclear how insurers will implement the USPSTF’s recommendations. That’s because, while on paper their requirements are straightforward, there are a number of variables available to insurers that might impact patients’ ability to access the drug.

Published
01 July 2019
From
Contagion Live
Advocates find Harris PrEP bill lacking

Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) last week introduced legislation that would expand access to PrEP by requiring public and private health insurers to cover it and funding a grant program for uninsured individuals. But some advocates say Harris needs to work with the community to develop a better plan.

Published
01 July 2019
From
Bay Area Reporter

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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