Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-12-07



100 HIV groups call on Congress to fund Biden's National PrEP Program
-- From a press release

This article shared 1262 times since Thu Jun 16, 2022
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

(New York City, NY) Wednesday, June 15, 2022—PrEP4All, Inc., along with 100 HIV organizations, are leading the push for Congress to fund a National Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Program that would increase equity and accessibility to the revolutionary HIV prevention drug for un- and under-insured Americans. PrEP, first approved by the FDA in July of 2012, has had dismal uptake among communities vulnerable to HIV infection. Funding of a National PrEP Program would drastically increase uptake, putting the U.S. closer to its goal of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030.

The 100 organizations along with the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP), AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition (ABAC) and the HIV Prevention Action Coalition (HPAC) are urging Hon. Rosa L. DeLauro, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Hon. Patrick Leahy, Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriations, Hon. Kay Granger, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations, and Hon. Richard Shelby, Vice Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriations, to fund a new national PrEP program within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of HIV Prevention at $400 million in FY 2023.

The funding would be a necessary first step toward achieving the "PrEP for All to End the HIV Epidemic" program proposed in President Biden's FY 2023 Budget Request. President Biden's FY 2023 Budget Request called for a 10-year mandatory funding program to expand PrEP across the U.S. to provide medication to un- and under-insured individuals and to support and expand PrEP programs across a variety of agencies.

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly increased barriers to PrEP access due to clinic closures, lost insurance due to unemployment, and shortage of lab supplies. Funding of a National PrEP Program is an essential investment to put the U.S. back on track to reach the ambitious targets put forth in President Trump's Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative. Advocates believe that Congress and the Federal government must quickly act to ensure that anyone who could benefit from PrEP can access the medication and other PrEP services without any costs.

"Queer, Black, and Brown communities—who bear the brunt of tens of thousands of new HIV infections each year— cannot afford to let any more time go by before we fully scale up PrEP access. And due to many issues involving cost, lack of insurance coverage and knowledge of PrEP, we've seen PrEP mostly benefit white Americans (and primarily white gay men in large cities) in the past decade since the first drug was approved for PrEP. To ensure equity, we need House and Senate appropriators to immediately fund a national PrEP program and leverage the cost savings power brought about by generic competition," said Jeremiah Johnson, PrEP Policy Manager for PrEP4All.

Both the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative rely on PrEP expansion as a key tool to ending the HIV epidemic by 2030. To achieve this, much more must be done. It is estimated that only 25% of people who could benefit from PrEP have received a prescription. PrEP use is highest among white people, at 66% of those who could benefit from receiving PrEP, yet only 9% of black people and 16% of Hispanic/Latino people who could benefit from PrEP in the United States have a prescription. Additionally, only 9.7% of women who could benefit from PrEP currently have a prescription. It is no coincidence that many of these same populations are disproportionately uninsured.

"A national PrEP program is an amazing opportunity to expand PrEP providers to include primary and other specialty (i.e., OB/GYN) care providers into the conversation around expanded PrEP access among communities highly affected by HIV. If we are going to see equity in access and initiation of PrEP for Black people, women, and Latino communities this approach is necessary," said Nationally Distinguished HIV Prevention Advocate Leisha McKinley-Beach.

Thanks to the generic PrEP driving the cost of daily oral PrEP down to as low as $20/month, Congress now has the opportunity to enact a PrEP program that will save the federal government money while achieving equitable access for all communities who need PrEP the most. With lifetime healthcare costs estimated at $500,000 for each new HIV diagnosis and around 35,000 new diagnoses each year in the US, an investment in PrEP access would both prevent the spread of HIV and significantly reduce health care costs.

"While our nation has an effective program to fund care and treatment for people living with HIV, if we are to meet the goals of ending HIV by 2030 we need an equally effective national program to fund PrEP access. With strong Congressional, Presidential and community support this is the year that we must make this a reality," said ABAC Co-chairs Carl Schmid of HIV+Hepatitis Policy Institute, Nick Armstrong of The AIDS Institute and Emily McCloskey Schreiber of NASTAD.

Read the letter here: .

This article shared 1262 times since Thu Jun 16, 2022
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Gay News

Quigley commends progress in FDA LGBTQI+ blood donation draft guidance
--From a press release - Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Vice-Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus, released the following statement commending long-awaited updates to the FDA's blood donation guidance for LGBTQI+ ...

Gay News

FDA to relax rules of blood donations for gay, bisexual men
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reportedly slated to lift restrictions on blood donations from sexually active gay and bisexual men. However, there's at least one stipulation, The Advocate reported: A gay or bisexual ...

Gay News

TPAN announces merger with Vivent Health
Local HIV/AIDS organization TPAN announced Jan. 19 that it would be merging with Milwaukee-based Vivent Health. The merger is expected to be finalized by March 1, according to both organizations. Vivent Health, so named in 2019, ...

Gay News

One in five older LGBT adults experienced poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic
--From a press release - A new report from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that during the COVID-19 pandemic LGBT adults aged 50 and older were more likely to have household incomes below the federal poverty level ...

Gay News

Controversial conversion therapy doc has its Chicago premiere
Chronicle Cinema presented the celebrated and controversial documentary film Conversion in its Chicago premiere on Jan. 12. The nearly sold-out premiere, which took place at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema, also featured a red-carpet experience and ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Asylum-seekers, equality updates, cannabis, HIV and COVID
Advocacy groups that specifically work with LGBTQI+ asylum-seekers and migrants criticized the Biden administration's expansion of the use of "expedited removal" of Cubans, Nicaraguans, Haitians and Venezuelans who enter the ...

Gay News

Pritzker signs bill protecting healthcare providers
Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill explicitly offering protections to Illinois healthcare providers working on reproductive and/or gender-affirming care issues for their patients on Jan. 13. The bill, HB4664, also protects out-of-state clinicians who come to ...

Gay News

Illinois General Assembly passes legislation to protect reproductive and gender-affirming healthcare, leaders respond
--From a news release - From Equality Illinois Statement from Equality Illinois Deputy Director Mony Ruiz-Velasco on passage by the Illinois General Assembly of essential legislation to protect patients, providers, and families seeking and providing ...

Gay News

WORLD Murder suspect arrested, Israeli official, conversion therapy, couple's win
Kenyan authorities arrested a suspect in the death of fashion designer/LGBTQ+-rights activist Edwin Chiloba after his body was found dumped in a metal box by the roadside near the town of Eldoret, according to CNN. Last ...

Gay News

Howard Brown, union officials dispute allegations around sidewalk incident
As striking Howard Brown Health Workers United (HBH Workers United) members represented by the Illinois Nurses Association (INA) and their allies were picketing outside of the Andersonville Brown Elephant location at 5404 N. Clark St. on ...

Gay News

Howard Brown strike reaches third day
Amid layoffs of 60 unionized and four non-union staffers at multiple Howard Brown Health (Howard Brown), Broadway Youth Center and Brown Elephant locations across Chicago, over 400 HBH Workers United non-nurse members represented by the Illinois ...

Gay News

WORLD Conversion therapy, Indian school, trans boxers, anti-LGBTQ+ move
South Florida Gay News noted that efforts to ban so-called conversion therapy gained a lot of traction around the world in 2022. For example, Canada and France introduced LGBTQ+-inclusive bills to ban conversion therapy for minors ...

Gay News

2022: Gains made against a backdrop of attacks
There was no shortage of dramatic and consequential events to consider as the top stories for the LGBTQ+ community in 2022, and most of those events threaten to spill over into 2023: the Supreme Court's interest ...

Gay News

Howard Brown Health staff prepares for January strike
Illinois Nursing Association (INA) filed an intent-to-strike notice against the Howard Brown Health medical organization on Dec. 23, after negotiations between the two sides have further strained in recent months. ...

Gay News

Report released on online hate and gender-affirming providers
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC Foundation) has released "Online Harassment, Offline Violence: Unchecked Harassment of Gender-Affirming Care Providers and Children's Hospitals on Social Media, and its Offline Violent Consequences." ...


Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.