Recent trends suggest that declines in California’s adult tobacco use rates have stalled in the last few years, which has serious implications for reversing the substantial progress made in Californiato reduce tobacco-related diseases. Sexual and gender minorities (SGM) are more likely to use tobacco compared to their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Compared to their heterosexual, cisgender peers, SGM adults experience a younger age of smoking initiation, have higher frequency of smoking, score higher on nicotine dependence, and have elevated polysubstance use. With this policy brief, we aim to better understand the prevalence of smoking among sexual and gender minorities and ... [Read More];
The 340B Drug Pricing Program allows safety net health care entities to access discounts on medications they provide, and to use the savings to invest in expanded programs and services. This study characterizes current use of the 340B Program by health care entities that serve people living with HIV and vulnerable to HIV in California, ... [Read More];
The California State Office of AIDS has launched a financial assistance program for eligible persons currently using or seeking PrEP. This informational sheet provides 3 examples of potential PrEP-AP candidates and a simple enrollment flow to aid PrEP navigators, benefits enrollment workers, and others.
Access to health care is a growing concern for immigrants living in the U.S. This brief report describes how immigrants may be deterred from seeking health care services, and how this may affect the continuity of HIV care and prevention. The report also features recommendations for HIV care providers who serve immigrant communities.
Transgender men and others on the transmasculine spectrum have been largely excluded from HIV prevention research, policy, and practice. The Transmasculine Sexual Health and Reproductive Justice Research Study was part of a community-based participatory research project that engaged diverse transmasculine people and their healthcare providers to better understand their health needs, concerns, and priorities, including factors related to HIV prevention. This report focuses on findings related to HIV and STIs, sexual partners and networks, HIV/STI testing, access and uptake of PrEP, safer sex information and consent, and barriers to seeking healthcare.
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