Health

Kaiser Removes HIV Meds from 'Specialty' Tier; CA Bills Seek Drug Cost Curbs

Kaiser Removes HIV Meds from 'Specialty' Tier; CA Bills Seek Drug Cost Curbs

  • HEALTH
  • by Seth Hemmelgarn
  • Feb 28, 2015

Kaiser Permanente has stopped charging people more for HIV drugs and is offering refunds for the exorbitant copays some of its patients faced. The decision comes as two CA state lawmakers have introduced bills meant to address high drug prices.

PrEP: Tipping Point to Put the Sex Back in Leathersex?

PrEP: Tipping Point to Put the Sex Back in Leathersex?

  • SEX
  • by Race Bannon
  • Jan 21, 2015

Before you read any further, I know the title of this column is provocative. Obviously I'm going to talk about PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), the once a day pill regimen to prevent HIV infection. I also seem to be implying that leathersex is lacking sex

Syphilis Cases Stabilized in First Half of 2014

Syphilis Cases Stabilized in First Half of 2014

  • HEALTH
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 12, 2014

During the first six months of 2014, early syphilis cases in San Francisco stabilized compared to the same time period a year prior, according to preliminary data released in July.

ACA Access Issues Remain for LGBTs

ACA Access Issues Remain for LGBTs

  • HEALTH
  • by Heather Cassell
  • Aug 12, 2014

More than 30 million Americans have obtained access to health insurance since Affordable Care Act enrollment opened 10 months ago, yet access for LGBTs remains far from universal.

Ting Adds Sunset to Safe Syringe Bill

Ting Adds Sunset to Safe Syringe Bill

  • HEALTH
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 2, 2014

In response to concerns from law enforcement officials, state Assemblyman Phil Ting has added a sunset clause to his bill allowing pharmacists throughout the state to sell syringes without a prescription to adults.

AIDS Conference 'Stepping Up the Pace'

AIDS Conference 'Stepping Up the Pace'

  • HEALTH
  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Jul 24, 2014

Delegates at the 20th International AIDS Conference, taking place this week in Melbourne, Australia, expressed optimism about progress made to date, but stressed that more remains to be done.

WHO Recommends PrEP for Gay Men

WHO Recommends PrEP for Gay Men

  • HEALTH
  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Jul 20, 2014

Gay and bisexual men who are at risk for HIV infection should consider using antiretroviral drugs for pre-exposure prophylaxis, better known as PrEP, according to new guidelines from the World Health Organization.

Castro Health Center on Track

Castro Health Center on Track

  • HEALTH
  • by Seth Hemmelgarn
  • Jun 20, 2014

San Francisco’s largest HIV/AIDS-related nonprofit is continuing to build a gay men’s health and wellness center in the Castro neighborhood as it also aims to re-launch one of its fundraising events.

In SF, PrEP Talk Draws A Crowd

In SF, PrEP Talk Draws A Crowd

  • HEALTH
  • by Liz Highleyman
  • May 31, 2014

More than 100 people packed the Eureka Valley Recreation Center for the latest San Francisco AIDS Foundation Real Talk forum on antiretroviral treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis - or PrEP - for HIV.

As Health Falters, GLBT Seniors Face Stark Choices

As Health Falters, GLBT Seniors Face Stark Choices

  • HEALTH
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 26, 2014

Having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Bernard Mayes was confronted with a stark choice. Should the fiercely independent gay man move into a senior assisted living facility?

Meeting on HIV Funding Cuts Scheduled

Meeting on HIV Funding Cuts Scheduled

  • HEALTH
  • by Seth Hemmelgarn
  • Apr 22, 2014

An estimated $2.7 million in federal budget cuts for HIV care and prevention services in San Francisco in the coming fiscal year will be discussed at a Board of Supervisors committee hearing May 7.

Isolation Hampers Well-Being of Gay Seniors

Isolation Hampers Well-Being of Gay Seniors

  • HEALTH
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 13, 2014

Various research studies have found that LGBT seniors are vulnerable to being socially isolated, which can hamper their well-being and elevate their risk for depression, anxiety and other maladies.

Trauma of AIDS Epidemic Impacts Aging Survivors

Trauma of AIDS Epidemic Impacts Aging Survivors

  • HEALTH
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 6, 2014

Three decades ago, Tez Anderson learned he was HIV-positive and watched countless friends, lovers, and associates be felled by AIDS. The traumas exacted a psychological toll as he aged.

Giuliano Compensation Tops $300K

Giuliano Compensation Tops $300K

  • HEALTH
  • by Seth Hemmelgarn
  • Mar 24, 2014

San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO Neil Giuliano was compensated more than $300,000 for the 2012-13 fiscal year, upping the income for someone who already was likely the highest-paid head of any LGBT-related nonprofit in the city.