By Jayne Gagliano

Birth control is widely considered a female health issue since condoms and vasectomies are currently the only FDA-approved form of male birth control. Along with America’s lack of comprehensive sex education programs and the fact that only women are able to get pregnant, very often, men especially lack knowledge about women’s reproductive health and contraceptive methods. In order to get the inside scoop, BuzzFeed took to the streets of Hollywood to test men about their birth control knowledge. So, how much do guys know about birth control? The results were surprisingly mixed: some guys were really knowledgeable whileothers didn’t…Read More

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By Jayne Gagliano

According to a recent CDC study presented at Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI in 2016), if current trends of new HIV infections continue at the present rate, 1 in 2 African American and 1 in 4 Latino men who have sex with men will become infected with HIV at some point in their lives. Those odds are staggering. The CDC has aimed to address these numbers with their High Impact Prevention plan, which includes the utilization of Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. PrEP is a proven HIV prevention strategy, and according to the CDC as many…Read More

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By Jayne Gagliano

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has spent about $17.7 million to pass Proposition 61. And there’s a VERY good reason that AHF and the organization’s CEO, Michael Weinstein, have done so (for them, at least). If passed, the California ballot measure will drive business to AHF’s pharmacies, the organization’s main source of revenue. AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the single largest health care provider to people living with HIV and AIDS in the United States, generating about $800 million in revenue, about 80% of which coming from their pharmacies. A 501(c)(3) non-profit has never spent so much to ensure a bill…Read More

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By Jayne Gagliano

This election cycle, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has written and sponsored Proposition 60, a bill which would violate adult filmworkers’ privacy and weaken workplace safety. AHF has also spent nearly five million dollars to pass this California ballot measure. This harmful proposition would require adult film performers to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse, require producers to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations, and require producers to post condom requirements at film sites. It would also allow any Californian to sue adult film performers who distribute or produce adult content which violates adult filmworkers’ privacy, and…Read More

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By Jayne Gagliano

There is a TON of really great, in-depth information here The questions and answers have been carefully curated and updated as needed by leaders in the field of PrEP ranging from providers and researchers, to advocates and users alike. The page includes the most commonly asked questions about PrEP and can be used to learn more on a variety of topics. Occasionally, you’ll find a link to another source that takes an even deeper dive into specifics. If you want to reach out to a Nurx team member, you can do so by emailing: help@nurx.coRead More

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By Jayne Gagliano

Develop a routine! Many people find it helpful to take their pills at the same time as something else they regularly do each day (e.g., eating breakfast, brushing teeth). Find an easy reminder that fits into your schedule like placing the bottle near your toothbrush or in the kitchen near your keys. Keep an extra pill or two on you if you may not be going home the next day. There is an ever-growing list of strategies designed to remind you to take your pill. We like this one from Mango Health A few others here on iTunes Pill…Read More

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By Jayne Gagliano

Photo credit: Mango Health Nurx’s PrEP Navigator guest posted about Truvada for PrEP on Mango Health’s blog. Here’s a sample of her article: How effective is PrEP? Very! PrEP’s effectiveness was originally proven by the iPrEx study, which spanned more than two years and was conducted in many cities in six different countries. The initial results showed 44% effectiveness in stopping HIV transmissions. However, these findings lumped together people who took their PrEP pills all the time, some of the time, and those who really didn’t take them at all. When study subjects’ blood was analyzed, those who took…Read More

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By Jayne Gagliano

Today's quote comes from Marie Fisher, and HIV advocate. Follow Marie on Twitter @mtf419. "PrEP is revolutionary and thus deserves a revolutionary access approach. Since we can't ensure a stigma-free healthcare system, game-changing tools like the Nurx app are necessary to protect not only at-risk individuals, but entire communities, including the ones who don't think they're impacted by HIV." - Marie Fisher, HIV advocate Nurx is the fastest way to PrEP. We prescribe you PrEP right from the app with our clinical team. No need to go into the doctor’s office, or to the pharmacy.Read More

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By Jayne Gagliano

Most people had never heard of Truvada when Courtney Boyce mentioned the HIV prevention drug to focus groups in Washington, D.C., last fall. “They look at you like you’ve got three heads,” said Boyce, a health communicator for the campaign DC Takes on HIV. “They’re like, why don’t we know about it?” Truvada is foreign to… (more…)Read More

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