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Massachusetts PrEP Drug Assistance Program Now Open Statewide

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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a proven tool for drastically reducing an individual’s risk of HIV infection. Unfortunately, this daily pill – also commonly known as Truvada – can be cost prohibitive, especially for those without health insurance. To make this life-saving drug available to all who need it, a statewide Drug Assistance Program (DAP) is now available across Massachusetts to income-eligible residents. Piloted by the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA), the PrEP DAP covers the costs of medication co-pays and deductibles for clients who have insurance and provides financial assistance for accessing PrEP to uninsured individuals, including insurance enrollment assistance. 
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Fenway Health Responds To Immigration Ban

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As has been widely reported, President Trump issued an executive order last week restricting entry into the United States for citizens of several Middle Eastern countries on both immigrant visas – permanent residents and green card holders – and non-immigrant visas. Within a couple of days, federal judges blocked parts of the order. The White House later said that green card holders would be exempt from the order. Since then, we continue to hear conflicting reports of who is affected by the order and how to respond to it along with stories of loved ones being kept apart. The days 
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1340 Boylston St. Receives PCMH PRIME Certification

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Fenway Health is pleased to announce that our 1340 Boylston St. location has achieved Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) PRIME Certification status. The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) awards PRIME certification to health care facilities that are committed to integrating behavioral health and primary care services. This certification is in addition to our current NCQA PCMH Level 3 status and is offered only here in Massachusetts. PRIME status serves to recognize Fenway’s efforts to integrate behavioral health care and primary care. We’re honored to also be one of the highest scoring certified PCMH PRIME practices to date. 1340 Boylston St. is 
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Governor Recommends Cutting Investment In HIV Prevention By $4.8 Million

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Advocacy, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | No Comments
Gov. Charlie Baker has recommended cutting $4.8 million from the state’s investment in HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and outreach in his proposed FY2018 budget. The recommendation follows a $900,000 9C cut in HIV/AIDS prevention by the Gov. Baker to the current fiscal year’s budget. That would bring state funding for HIV/AIDS prevention to $28.3 million. According to the state’s most recent fact sheet on the HIV epidemic in Massachusetts, the percentage of people living with HIV in the state increases approximately three percent each year. “From 2000 to 2014, the number of people living with HIV infection increased by 56%. During 
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AIDS Action Committee Receives $200K Pfizer Grant To Expand Services For Injection Drug Users

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As the state continues to grapple with an epidemic of opioid addiction that has claimed nearly 4,000 lives in just three years, AIDS Action Committee’s Needle Exchange and Overdose Prevention Program is growing to meet an increased demand for services. A new street-based outreach program sends staff into the community to invite people who inject drugs to its drop-in centers. Staff can also provide services on the spot such as wound care, syringe exchange, and referrals to other services. AIDS Action was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from Pfizer, Inc. to support and expand this work. “Despite the continued surge 
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