Poverty, stigma and racial health disparities drive HIV rates that are among the nation's highest. But expanded Medicaid and PrEP access seem to have contributed to a recent drop in new cases.
As the 2020 presidential hopeful touts her HIV activist record, doubts remain as to whether her version of events is the full truth.
In North Carolina, Greater Charlotte is booming, but income disparity, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids on immigrants, and spread-out service providers all create challenges to reversing HIV rates.
The PrEP Access and Coverage Act would guarantee insurance coverage for PrEP and fund PrEP for the uninsured.
"This isn't about you," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) told Gilead CEO Daniel O'Day. "We have legislated a system that allows [this] to happen."
Activists say this relatively small giveaway won't advance PrEP access or help end HIV in the U.S. the way a true price reduction would.
The #PrEP4All campaign made the call for affordable pre-exposure prophylaxis a national news story.
Activists and doctors say they're ready to go further if Gilead won't agree to -- or the U.S. government won't force -- a price reduction to make PrEP accessible to more Americans who need it.
But a survey reveals that about a third of black and Latino gay men would be willing to pay more than $50 per month for a prescription.
In a debate during a plenary session, Michael Saag, M.D., argued for more activism to make PrEP accessible to people who need it.