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    Governor Newsom Signs Bill SB 339 into Law Expanding Access to PrEP in California

    In a landmark move to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Bill SB 339 by Senator Scott Wiener on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, a critical measure aimed at expanding access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) throughout the state. With its passage, California emerges as a frontrunner in the nation’s efforts to curb HIV transmission and provide vital preventive healthcare to at-risk individuals.

    “@GavinNewsom just signed our legislation to ensure pharmacists can provide PrEP w/o a physician prescription, similar to birth control,” posted Senator Wiener on his X account. “PrEP is a daily pill that almost entirely eliminates HIV risk. SB 339 will help California achieve our goal of eliminating new HIV infections.”

    Access to PrEP has been hindered by various barriers, including high costs, lack of awareness, and limited availability in certain communities. Bill SB 339 addresses these barriers by implementing several key provisions to make PrEP more accessible and affordable. One of the central components of the bill is the requirement for health insurance plans to cover the costs associated with PrEP, including medication, clinical services, and laboratory tests. By mandating insurance coverage for PrEP, SB 339 ensures that individuals who could benefit from this life-saving intervention are not deterred by high financial costs.

    “We thank Governor Newsom for signing this critical healthcare legislation,” wrote Executive Director Tony Hoang, of Equality California. “PrEP and PEP prevent thousands of new HIV infections every year, but they are still far too difficult for many Californians to access. SB 339 will make it easier for California pharmacists to provide these important medications without a doctor’s prescription and bring the state one step closer to ending the HIV epidemic. We were proud to partner with the California Pharmacists Association and San Francisco AIDS Foundation on this important bill, and we are grateful to Senator Wiener for his ongoing leadership on this issue.“

    Furthermore, the bill includes provisions to streamline the process for obtaining PrEP prescriptions, allowing pharmacists to provide PrEP without a physician’s prescription. The expansion of PrEP provision by pharmacists also reduces the burden on healthcare providers, making PrEP more readily available to those in need.

    Bill SB 339 also emphasizes the importance of education and awareness by requiring healthcare providers to inform patients about the availability and benefits of PrEP as part of routine HIV testing and counseling. By integrating PrEP awareness into standard healthcare practices, the bill seeks to empower individuals to make informed decisions about their sexual health and take proactive steps to protect themselves from HIV.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Does this mean those Mistr buildings are going to finally open?

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