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California improves access to HIV prevention pill

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Important new tool in fighting AIDS, Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) may be up to 99% effective in preventing new infections Three leading California AIDS organizations — AIDS Project Los Angeles, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and Project Inform in San Francisco — today applauded California’s Medi-Cal…Read More

Wisconsin testing initiative reports high rate of undiagnosed hepatitis C among injection drug users

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Most new hepatitis C (HCV) infections are the result of sharing syringes and other injecting equipment among people who inject drugs. In recent years, the CDC has reported an increase in new HCV infections, and New York and Massachusetts has also reported several outbreaks of HCV…Read More

FDA priority review status granted for hepatitis C combo pill of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir

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In another step of the ever-changing landscape for treating hepatitis C infection, the FDA has granted a Breakthrough Therapy designation and priority review status for the new once-a-day combination pill of ledipasvir and sofsobuvir. The combination is used to treat genotype 1, which nearly 75% of…Read More

New combo pill of Prezista + cobicistat gets submitted to FDA

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According to an April 1, 2014 press release from Janssen Research & Development, a new drug application has been submitted to the FDA for a new combination pill made up of the protease inhibitor Prezista (darunavir) and the boosting drug called cobicistat. Cobicistat is currently co-formulated…Read More

Rare case of HIV transmission occurs between two lesbians

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In the March 14, 2014 edition of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a rare case of female-to-female transmission of HIV appears to have occurred between two lesbians in a monogamous mixed-status relationship. The article states a 46-year-old HIV-negative woman appears to have gotten HIV…Read More

Covered California has revised its deadline to April 15 for new enrollees

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March 31, 2014 Record-setting numbers of people trying to sign up for Covered California health insurance plans overwhelmed the system on the final day of open enrollment, prompting the exchange to allow consumers who had trouble enrolling by the deadline to work with a certified delegate…Read More

Covered California does not extend March 31 deadline, but committed to processing all online applications

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Open enrollment for the new insurance marketplaces ends on March 31, 2014. After Monday, you must demonstrate a special life circumstance such as loss of a job or a divorce in order to apply for coverage in the marketplace. In light of the many problems with…Read More