California: Medi-Cal Drops Providing Condoms and HIV Testing as Conditions for Prescribing Truvada as PrEP
April 21, 2014
This article was reported by WEHOville.
WEHOville reported that California's Medi-Cal program, which is the state's public insurance program, will no longer require mandatory monthly HIV testing, condom distribution, and pre-authorization as prerequisites for prescribing patients Truvada, an HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Medi-Cal's requirements sometimes restricted access to its subscribers, who are mainly low-income residents of California. Private insurance companies have covered the drug for some time.
California's leading HIV advocacy groups, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, and Project Inform in San Francisco, hailed the announcement. "The Medi-Cal ruling is a game changer in HIV prevention," said Craig E. Thompson, executive director of APLA. "Appropriate access to PrEP through Medi-Cal provides us with another intervention -- along with safer sex and condom use -- to reduce the number of new HIV infections."View Full Article
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