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SF health dept. expands MPX vaccines to non-city residents through Oct. 2

SF health dept. expands MPX vaccines to non-city residents through Oct. 2

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Sep 16, 2022

As San Francisco continues its efforts to rein in monkeypox, the city is getting help in the form of 10,000 additional Jynneos vaccines from the federal government, just in time for the beginning of the fall street fair season and associated events.

In a 1st, gay & bi men account for less than half of new SF HIV cases

In a 1st, gay & bi men account for less than half of new SF HIV cases

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Sep 13, 2022

For the first time, gay and bisexual men who don't inject drugs accounted for less than half of new HIV cases in San Francisco last year.

FDA approves updated COVID-19 boosters

FDA approves updated COVID-19 boosters

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Sep 12, 2022

The federal Food and Drug Administration has authorized updated COVID-19 boosters that are a better match for the current circulating coronavirus strains.

As monkeypox rates decline, SF officials express cautious optimism

As monkeypox rates decline, SF officials express cautious optimism

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Sep 9, 2022

Monkeypox infection rates are falling in San Francisco, as well as other parts of the United States but, as officials warned at a press conference Friday, the country isn't out of the woods yet.

Newsom signs budget bill that includes MPX funding

Newsom signs budget bill that includes MPX funding

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Sep 8, 2022

After the California Senate and Assembly last week each approved a $41 million emergency budget appropriation for the state's public health response to the monkeypox outbreak, the measure was signed into law Tuesday by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Federal judge rules insurance companies can refuse to cover PrEP

Federal judge rules insurance companies can refuse to cover PrEP

  • by Christopher Kane, Washington Blade
  • Sep 8, 2022

A federal judge on September 7 ruled against a federal mandate that requires employer provided health plans to cover PrEP, a drug used for the prevention of HIV.

SF expands MPX vaccine eligibility, will start second doses next week

SF expands MPX vaccine eligibility, will start second doses next week

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Aug 31, 2022

SF officials have expanded eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine and starting next week, local providers will begin offering second doses of the MPX vaccine to those who've gotten the first dose.

SF sex worker clinic moves to Mission Street

SF sex worker clinic moves to Mission Street

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Aug 29, 2022

St. James Infirmary — the nation's first occupational health and safety clinic run by and for sex workers — has new digs and held a grand opening party to celebrate its fifth home in its two-decade history.

US Sen. Padilla pushes for more monkeypox vaccines during SF visit

US Sen. Padilla pushes for more monkeypox vaccines during SF visit

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Aug 25, 2022

While monkeypox cases continue to rise, state and federal officials say they are encouraged by an overall slowdown in numbers both in California and worldwide.

Fauci to step down from public health positions in December

Fauci to step down from public health positions in December

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Aug 24, 2022

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, will be stepping down from his current positions by the end of the year.

Monkeypox vaccine events in Novato and Oakland this weekend

Monkeypox vaccine events in Novato and Oakland this weekend

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Aug 19, 2022

In what is surely a sign of the times, two LGBTQ community centers will be hosting vaccination events Sunday, August 21. In addition to jabs in the arm, one event will feature live entertainment.

CA releases new guidelines for those with monkeypox

CA releases new guidelines for those with monkeypox

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 19, 2022

A top California public health official on Friday told reporters that new guidelines for people who contract monkeypox provide more specificity than national guidance, in an effort to be of more practical use.

SF starts administering split doses of monkeypox vaccine

SF starts administering split doses of monkeypox vaccine

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Aug 18, 2022

As of Thursday, San Francisco clinics are starting to administer monkeypox vaccines using a new split-dose technique intended to stretch the limited supply.

SF Latino gay men are hard hit by monkeypox outbreak

SF Latino gay men are hard hit by monkeypox outbreak

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Aug 17, 2022

Latino gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men account for nearly 30% of monkeypox cases in San Francisco, almost twice their share of the population, according to the latest data from the San Francisco Department of Public Health.