Feds make pricey HIV prevention drug free for the uninsured


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This new figure accounts for roughly 14 percent of all of those infected with the virus, and it may contribute to the "stalled" progress in reducing the number of new infections occurring across the country, officials noted.

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"The number of people who acquire HIV.is unacceptably high and at a standstill", he said.

The CDC's 2017 PrEP supplier rules express all explicitly dynamic PrEP clients ought to get different blood tests every year so as to start and keep taking PrEP. "These findings underscore the urgent need to rapidly scale up HIV testing, treatment and PrEP [pre-exposure prophylaxis]".

Hudson County residents without prescription drug insurance can get free medication to prevent HIV under a new program announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The medications, which can reduce the chances of getting HIV through sex by more than 90%, will be donated by Gilead Sciences, which manufactures Truvada and Descovy - the only HIV prevention drugs now approved by the federal government.

On Tuesday, Secretary of Health & Human Services Alex Azar announced the "Ready, Set, PrEP" program in a conference call with reporters. These figures represent an improvement over CDC figures presented previous year, which showed that only 8% of all people eligible for PrEP were using it, falling to just 3% for Latinos and 1% for African Americans.

On the telephone briefing, Jonathan Mermin, MD, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, estimated that an additional 21,000 new infections were prevented as a result of the decline in new infections from 2008-2013, but that decline has stopped.

Moreover, CDC researchers reported that over a third of people with HIV infection were not virally suppressed, and out of the 1.2 million people who are eligible for HIV prevention medication, only 18% of those had received PrEP in 2018. People can find out their eligibility by calling (855) 447-8410 or visiting GetYourPrEP.com.

Gilead will donate PrEP for up to 200,000 individuals each year through 2030, and starting March 30, the donated medication will be available through mail order from the participating pharmacies, who will also provide patient counseling and waive their dispensing fees.

HHS calculates that it's enough supply to help 200,000 people each year for the next decade. The announcement is not connected to patent disputes between HHS and Gilead over the drug.

A less expensive, generic version of Truvada is anticipated to enter the market next fall. Without insurance, the drug can cost as much as $1,500 a month.

The figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) underscore that racial disparities remain a core challenge for the administration of President Donald Trump in its stated goal of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030.

Someone who tests positive should begin treatment as soon as possible after diagnosis.

The introduction of PrEP helped cities like NY, once the at heart of the nation's deadly AIDS crisis, bring new infections to their lowest level on record a year ago.

Aunt Rita's Foundation is one of the local advocacy groups slated to assist DHS and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health to develop a plan for free PrEP that will fit the needs of the community, where Hispanic men lead in new diagnoses.

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