Due to Public Outcry, Publix Will Offer PrEP Coverage to Employees
February 6, 2018
In a statement made this morning on Twitter, the company stated:
After the story was published by TheBody.com (and dozens of news stories were published subsequently), Equality Florida -- a statewide LGBT advocacy organization -- began to publicize the issue among LGBT Florida residents. It reported that people went into their local Publix stores and asked managers about the policy and requested that they change it. But Florida State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith also played a role by meeting with Publix corporate leaders and pressing them on the issue. Moments after he posted on Facebook this morning that he'd met with Publix, they announced the reversal of their earlier position.
TheBody.com learned of this issue in December when David Holland, M.D., M.H.S., an associate professor of medicine at Emory University and director of the Fulton County PrEP clinic in Atlanta posted in a thread on Facebook that the only patient he wasn't able to prescribe PrEP to was a Publix employee.
"We are really excited to hear about Publix's decision to offer PrEP to its employees," said Holland. "This is a highly effective prevention strategy that needs to be made available to everyone who needs and wants it."
Kenyon Farrow is the senior editor of TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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