UPDATE (8/24/2020): On August 12, 2020, a U.S. Court narrowed its decision to temporarily stop implementation of the final public charge rule. This injunction to the rule applies only to New York, Connecticut and Vermont. The Department of Homeland Security has resumed implementation of the Final Rule in California as being in effect since February 24, 2020.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 can be accessed here https://www.cdss.ca.gov/benefits-services/more-services/immigration-services/immigration-services-contractors/public-charge-contact-list.Another resource made available ... [Read More];
AvisoACTUALIZACIÓN (24/8/2020): El 12 de agosto del 2020, un tribunal de Estados Unidos redujo su decisión de detener temporalmente la implementación de la regla final de carga pública. Esta orden judicial a la regla se aplica únicamente a Nueva York, Connecticut y Vermont. El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional ha reanudado la implementación de la Regla Final en California, vigente desde el 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 las personas a determinar si la regla de carga pública se aplica ... [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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