May 14: HIV prevention, distracted driving, LRT (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Blue Cross should cover HIV prevention medication

Re: Insurer stops covering HIV prevention drug, May 6

Insurer stops covering HIV prevention drug (BC centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Letters went out in late April to fewer than 10 people who had been receiving $900 per month in extended health coverage for the once-a-day pill called Truvada, confirmed Joanne Jung, director of pharmacy services for the not-for-profit insurer. The letters said Blue Cross paid for the medication in error and later determined it is not eligible as a pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP under the contracts in question.

New study says use of tranquilizers increases risk of HIV/AIDS among drug users (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A new study from the BC Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS Centre has shown a new link between HIV infection and the use of tranquilizers.

Better use of data would improve health outcomes in B.C. (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Harnessing comprehensive, real-time health data helped researchers beat HIV/AIDS and the lessons learned there can be used to tackle other diseases and conditions, a conference on so-called big data was told in Vancouver Friday.

Majority of Vancouver men remain unaware of HIV prevention drug, study finds (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A BC Centre for Excellence study has found that approximately three-quarters of Vancouver men who have sex with men remain unaware of a proven-effective prevention method for HIV.

PrEP is now approved in Canada. What happens now? (Dr. Julio Montaner)

With an anticlimactic shuffle of paperwork, Health Canada quietly added a paragraph to the online documentation for Truvada on Feb 28, 2016, opening the door to a new era of HIV prevention in Canada.

Fashion, drama, and fun in support of HIV at RED A Positive Day (St. Paul's Hospital)

Fashion, drama, music, and HIV collide at “RED A Positive Day!” and it’s all for a great cause.

Politics of Blood (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

“I don’t remember much of that day when I got my test back, but what I do remember is being in a tiny white room with a complete stranger, 18 years old and frightened,” recounted Kecia Larkin.

Here’s How Canadian Doctors Helped Solve Rural America’s Worst HIV Outbreak (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

In December 2014, an Indiana physician performed a routine HIV test on a pregnant woman that showed she had the virus. The expecting mother was one of the first in a cluster of new HIV cases in southern Indiana that would quickly grow in a tight-knit community of drug users who shared needles.

B.C. and Indiana doctors team up to confront HIV outbreak (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Doctors in British Columbia who pioneered an HIV prevention strategy are now helping to curb what an Indiana doctor calls the largest HIV outbreak in a rural setting in the U.S.


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