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Help Shape The Future Of HIV Prevention: Join A Research Study Today

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The battle against HIV/AIDS has shifted dramatically in the past decade, as our understanding of the virus and how to combat it has increased. The introduction of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill commonly known as Truvada, has been an incredible game changer for HIV prevention. Currently, condom use and PrEP are the most proven effective methods for protection against HIV infection. “Using Truvada for PrEP has been revolutionary for HIV prevention, but, unfortunately, it’s not a one size fits all solution,” said Ryan Tappin, Clinical Manager, Biomedical Research at The Fenway Institute. “The more choices for PrEP that patients 
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Event Puts Spotlight On Health Care Needs Of LGBTQ Women Of Color

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On Saturday, February 11, the Fenway Women’s Health Team hosted the event “Our History: HIV and Queer Women of Color” in collaboration with Lesbians of Color Symposium, Boston Black Pride, and The Fenway Institute. The event featured a screening of the film, “Bumming Cigarettes,” a panel of community health advocates, and a presentation by researchers – all of which centered around the voices of queer women of color in sexual health. Through the film, Tiona McClodden, an award-winning black lesbian filmmaker, explores a brief and intimate meeting between a young black lesbian woman in the process of taking an HIV 
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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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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Combatting Health Disparities

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February 7 marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a time to recommit to ending HIV/AIDS stigma, increasing testing, and fighting health care disparities in black communities. While new HIV/AIDS infections in general have decreased significantly in recent years, black men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women, and cisgender women still face wide disparities in terms of HIV/AIDS preventative care, testing, and virus management. According to the CDC, black Americans account for 45% of total new HIV infections, 40% of new infections among men, 62% of new infections among women, and 64% of new infections among children. Young black 
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Governor’s 9C Cuts Could Impact Access to Healthcare

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker this week announced $98 million in budget cuts in response to anticipated revenue shortfalls, including nearly $1 million in cuts to the HIV/AIDS line item. These cuts will impact a range of programs, including HIV counseling and testing, access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and access to clean syringes and life-saving Narcan. “These reductions are concerning and could threaten the care and services that Fenway Health and other organizations provide to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C, as well as the prevention programs that have been so effective in helping us reduce new diagnoses 
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