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California: A Health Care Laboratory With Mixed Results

A report on HIV patients is one example showing that though the state is often a national beacon in health care, some of its innovations fall short of expectations.

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California Senate OKs Condom Handout in California Prisons to Cut Disease, Despite Ban on Sex Behind Bars

The California Senate recently approved Assembly Member Rob Bonta's (D-Oakland) bill to provide condoms in adult prisons, even though the law bans sex while imprisoned. The bill was meant to prevent transmission of HIV, hepatitis C, and other disease...

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San Fran Very Close to Becoming First City to Pass Out PrEP

San Francisco public health officials and the National Institutes of Health are very close to inking a deal that would make the city the first in the nation to pass out pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to gay and bisexual men. This joint program, aime...

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California Officials Seek Lower Prices for AIDS Drugs

Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Friday became the second California official to ask for an extension of price cuts and rebates granted by some drugmakers last year to help the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).

In a letter to eight pharmaceutica...

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California Budget Cuts & Consequences for People With HIV

Governor Brown calls his newly released budget proposal "a tough plan for tough times." In fact, it's worth noting that our new Governor is tasked with digging out of the largest financial deficit in the history of our state. That's no small task. We...

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California Budget: Jerry Brown Calls for Counties to Take on More Safety-Net Responsibilities

On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced a budget plan that calls for significant reductions to social service programs that sustain a broad swath of Californians, from working-poor parents to critically ill patients. Under the proposal, low-income HIV/...

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California: Veto Ax Cuts Into Social Programs

On Friday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed almost $1 billion in program spending before signing the budget bill that lawmakers passed after a marathon overnight session. The governor slashed 23 line items from the $87.5 billion general fund budget,...

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Groups Allege Calif. Agency Shared HIV Patient Data

In what they termed a "gross affront" to patient confidentiality, three legal groups slammed California health officials for giving personal information about thousands of HIV-positive welfare recipients to a nonprofit HIV service provider.

The Amer...

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California Pressures Bristol-Myers Squibb on Cost of AIDS Drug

In the last decade, the number of clients seeking help from California's AIDS Drug Assistance Program has grown by 60 percent. Concurrently, ADAP's spending on drugs has ballooned by almost 200 percent, from $302 for each antiretroviral prescription ...

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California: Mixed Views of San Francisco General Hospital HIV Treatment Policy

San Francisco's policy recommending treatment for all HIV patients regardless of CD4 T-cell count involves a lot more than just taking pills, participants said at a recent community forum sponsored by Stop AIDS Project. The recommendation applies at ...