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HIV Criminalization and Sex Work in California

The vast majority of all HIV-specific criminal incidents in California involve people engaged in sex work or those suspected of engaging in sex work. A new report finds that women—and Black women, in particular—are the most disproportionately impacted by California’s sex work laws, both as they apply to people living with HIV and people not living with HIV. Analyzing California criminal justice data from 2005 to 2013, researchers found that while women made up half of the population of California, they accounted for two-thirds of prostitution arrests. In the same time period, Black women made up 4% of all HIV-positive...

Financial Assistance for PrEP: Best Practices & Recommendations for the California State Office of AIDS’ PrEP Assistance Program

To improve accessibility of PrEP services, the California Department of Public Health has been authorized to develop a PrEP financial assistance program that will be modeled after the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). We conducted a study of the current ADAP enrollment system to identify best practices that could be incorporated into the new PrEP financial assistance program. We also assessed the feasibility and acceptability of having ADAP enrollment staff and PrEP navigators serve as enrollment workers for such a program. This report highlights our findings and provides recommendations for the staffing and structural aspects of the new program.

The Affordable Housing Crisis: Impact on People Living with HIV in CA

Access to stable affordable housing is a critical component of treatment and care for people living with HIV (PLWH), as well as a successful method of preventing new infections. Federally-funded housing programs provide housing subsidies and supportive services; however, available funding does not meet the housing needs of most low-income PLWH in California, 12% of whom are homeless or unstably housed. This brief discusses how California’s affordable housing crisis affects health outcomes for PLWH and offers a set of policy recommendations to increase collaboration across the housing and health care sectors in order to combat the housing crisis and move...

Best Practices for Trans HIV Prevention & Care: Addressing Social Determinants of Health

On April 6, 2017, the California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Centers convened a statewide group of stakeholders to discuss best practices for HIV prevention and care within transgender communities in California. Presentations by leading experts from academic medical centers and community-based organizations focused on utilizing an intersectionality perspective to identify best practices for serving transgender populations throughout the state.

Update on Social Security Disability Benefits for People Living with HIV

The California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Centers are pleased to post this update on Social Security disability benefits, including the revised medical listings for HIV-related disabilities as well as the agency’s intent to now conduct Continuing Disability Reviews on HIV claims.  The update is based on information gathered from Social Security Administration personnel; and other key informants including disability advocates and attorneys.  A link to the Duke University Law School Health Justice Clinic is provided for those interested in more detailed information on these changes. If you would like a copy of the fact sheet that you can customize for your own...

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