Spencer said Maricopa County boasts an unusually high number of new cases of HIV infections each year.
Hudson County residents without prescription drug insurance can get free medication to prevent HIV under a new program announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Wellbeing Secretary Alex Azar called the new "Ready, Set, PrEP" program a "historic expansion of access to HIV prevention medication" and a "major step forward" in President Donald Trump's Ending the HIV Epidemic arrangement, which was declared in February and looks to diminish HIV transmission by 90 percent by 2030.
To participate in Ready, Set, PrEP, applicants must lack health insurance, be tested for HIV with a negative result, and have a prescription from a doctor for the drug. Both FDA-approved PrEP regimens (Truvada and Descovy) will be covered.
Qualified patients will be able to get PrEP at all CVS Health, Walgreens and Rite Aid stores.More news: StrandHogg Vulnerability Hunting All Android Versions
The report says that about 219,700 people, or 18% of the estimated 1.2 million people that could benefit from PrEP, had received a prescription for it in 2018 - far short of the government's goal of 50%.
HHS secured agreement from Gilead Sciences, the maker of Truvada and Descovy, to provide 200,000 doses for uninsured inviduals for up to 11 years, Azar said. That's the department's rough estimate for the number of people expected to qualify. "Now it's about the execution", Azar said. We have filed against Gilead.
Azar said HHS has asked Congress for $291 million for efforts to stem HIV. However, depending on their income, they may still have to foot part of the bill for the recommended regular clinic visits and lab tests for sexually transmitted infections and kidney problems.
Azar noticed that simply 1.8 percent of the 1.2 million Americans who may profit by HIV PrEP are really taking the medicine.
While the Trump administration plans to end the HIV epidemic by scaling up diagnosis, testing, and treatment, the CDC's deputy director of Infectious Diseases, Jay Butler, MD, shared another key public health component essential to ending HIV in this country.More news: Dean Smith: Aston Villa need more belief
"To be successful, we must also address social determinants of health".
The United States has seen little progress at the national level in preventing new HIV cases over the past half decade, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released December 3. However, since then, the CDC said the number has stalled at approximately 38,000 new infections every year.
These data were fully detailed in an early edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by Norma Harris, PhD, of the CDC, and colleagues.
In that category, the report shows that 88.6 percent of people believed to have HIV in D.C. have been diagnosed with the virus. Among those who do know they have HIV, about 63% were on treatment and had a suppressed viral load - meaning more than a third still had uncontrolled HIV. They should test people at high risk, including gay and bi men, at least once a year. In addition, native Americans, blacks and Hispanics had significantly lower rates of PrEP coverage compared to whites. "The Trump Administration recognizes the vital role of prevention in ending the HIV epidemic in America, and connecting members of vulnerable communities to prevention services and medication is an important part of the President's initiative".
He wrote: "We pause to solemnly remember those worldwide who have lost their lives to HIV and AIDS-related illnesses. Which is a summary as well as a haiku", he said.More news: Injured Johnson to miss Hero World Challenge