Pharmac widening access for Truvada for the prevention of HIV infection

Publix denies preventative HIV drug coverage to its employees

Publix denies preventative HIV drug coverage to its employees

While Australia's incidence of HIV transmission is low by global standards, it was still "stubbornly flat" around 1000 new infections each year, Mr O'Donnell said.

'We have already seen in some jurisdictions how PrEP, in combination with other prevention methods, testing strategies, and meaningful community engagement, has helped to reduce instances of HIV transmission, ' said TIM cofounder, Nic Holas.

A major USA supermarket chain says it will expand its health insurance coverage to include HIV prevention medication for employees after. It's typically prescribed to HIV-negative gay men and those at high risk of infection.

The Lakeland, Florida-based company, which operates in seven Southern states, announced plans for the policy change one day after meeting with state Rep. (D).

"Publix appreciates the concerns shared by our associates and customers".

'For too long, people living with HIV have born the brunt of expectation, responsibility, and blame when it comes to keeping the community safe from HIV.

Publix denied coverage of Truvada which has been approved for use as PrEP.

He said his new employer pays for his PrEP prescription, which costs about $1,500 a month for individual buyers.

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Publix Super Markets Inc. tweeted the announcement early Tuesday. We regularly evaluate what is covered by our health plan and have made the decision to expand our health plan's coverage of Truvada to include Pre-exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ).

Smith, who is, said company officials confirmed they were "absolutely denying" insurance coverage for PrEP, in part because medication used "to treat a medical condition that someone might get in the future" was not covered in their existing plan.

Publix tweeted, "We are working with our pharmacy benefits manager to implement this change as quickly as possible".

"I wanted to hear it from them directly, it wasn't really confirmed", he said.

According to HIV specialists and gay rights groups, the drug is nearly universally covered by large employers who provide prescription drug coverage for their workers.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the average lifetime cost of treating a person who becomes HIV positive at 35 is $449,000.

The pharmaceutical management agency estimates up to 4000 people will be eligible.

Scott Schoettes, HIV project director at Lambda Legal, a gay rights organization, said it is unclear whether companies are legally required to cover Truvada for PrEP. "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that it is better and cheaper if someone isn't infected".

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