UPDATE (8/3/2020): Beginning on July 29, 2020, U.S. Courts have stopped the Department of Homeland Security from enforcing the Final Public Charge Grounds Rule. Please see the latest update here: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-processes-and-procedures/public-charge . As long as this decision is in effect, USCIS will apply the 1999 public charge guidance that was in place prior to the Public Charge Rule which was implemented on February 24, 2https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-processes-and-procedures/public-charge020.The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has shared a list of legal providers across the state that may help individuals determine whether the public charge rule applies to individuals and their family members. This resource ... [Read More];
Aviso(Actualización del 3 de agosto del 2020): A partir del 29 de julio del 2020, los tribunales de los Estados Unidos han impedido que el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional haga cumplir la Regla Final de Carga Pública. Consulte la última actualización aquí: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-processes-and-procedures/public-charge . Mientras esta decisión esté vigente, el USCIS aplicará la guía de carga pública de 1999 que estaba vigente antes de que se implementara la Regla de carga pública del 24 de febrero del 2020.El Departamento de Servicios Sociales de California (CDSS) ha compartido una lista de proveedores legales en todo el estado que pueden ayudar a ... [Read More];
Contingency management (CM) is a behavioral intervention that promotes healthy behavior using positive reinforcement in the form of rewards. Originally developed to treat substance use disorders, CM was adopted by public health practitioners and policymakers to help bring about a variety of positive health outcomes, including employment seeking behaviors, starting and continuing to take prescribed medications for the prevention of HIV, and remaining engaged in HIV care. This brief describes CM, key concerns, efficacy for use with people living with HIV, and people who use substances.
The California Legislature passed Senate Bill 159 (SB159) in 2019 allowing pharmacists to initiate and furnish HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to eligible patients without a prescription. The law goes into effect on July 1, 2020. This report presents a preliminary summary of the attitudes and recommendations among potential consumers of PrEP/PEP without a prescription via a community pharmacy.
In the second of a two-part series, we explore the impact of the opioid epidemic on HIV and other health conditions in California and Nevada. Downstream consequences of the U.S. opioid epidemic, including the many lives left in its wake, are a reminder that efforts to combat infectious disease must begin with the search for root causes and potential structural interventions. A syndemics approach facilitates research, policy, and practice that favors the understanding that this current crisis is not a problem associated with a single disease. For people who inject drugs, vulnerability for acquiring HIV and HCV are important considerations ... [Read More];
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