After Public Backlash, Publix Will Now Cover HIV Prevention Medication

Publix denies preventative HIV drug coverage to its employees

Publix denies preventative HIV drug coverage to its employees

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a HIV preventative drug which has proven to be highly effective at preventing the transmission of HIV.

The average lifetime cost of treating a person who becomes HIV positive at 35 is $449,000, and that doesn't include treating anyone else the person might infect, according to Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The drastic price cut (Truvada now costs about $30 per day in New Zealand) could go a long way toward widescale HIV prevention, as the discount will be targeted toward the most high-risk residents.

The agency said the decision meant the drug would also be funded for people if they were not infected but their risk of contracting HIV was high. "We are working with our pharmacy benefits manager to implement this change".

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On its official Twitter account, Publix said it will now cover Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)-a medication that reduces the risk of catching of HIV.

New Zealand is about to take a pioneering approach to fighting HIV/AIDS-by publicly funding pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication Truvada, manufactured by USA biotech giant Gilead.

PrEP is publicly funded in Scotland through the National Health Service and in the Canadian province of Ontario.

"It's a giant leap forward for our ambitious goal of ending new HIV transmissions in New Zealand by 2025", says Dr Jason Myers, Executive Director of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF).

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Sources have told Gay Star News that Australian HIV organizations are feeling very confident PrEP will be given the green light to be subsidized on Friday (9 February).

Within 24 hours Australia is highly likely to be the next country to subsidize PrEP tomorrow.

The previous highest number of diagnoses was in 2015, when 224 people were diagnosed with the virus.

"Condoms have been the mainstay of our HIV prevention response for over 30 years and have played a major role in keeping HIV prevalence low by world standards".

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'For those who struggle with consistent condom use - which can be for a range of legitimate reasons - NZAF is delighted that there will now be publicly funded access to this effective, alternative way of staying safe from HIV for those who need it'. Gilead Sciences, its manufacturer, estimated US usage at 120,000 people a year ago.

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