Publix Reverses Policy, Will Cover PrEP for Employees

PrEP is taken daily and builds up in the system preventing an HIV infection from establishing

Rep. Carlos Smith of Orlando met with the supermarket.

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) estimates the drug would be available to 31,000 gay and bisexual men and would not only reduce the rate of HIV transmission in Australia by up to half, but also allay many men's fears about having sex.

A major USA supermarket chain says it will expand its health insurance coverage to include HIV prevention medication for employees after.

A trio of Tuesday morning Tweets off Publix's corporate account read, "Publix appreciates the concerns shared by our associates and customers".

On Twitter, Publix responded to questions stating that it evaluated "what is covered by our health plan and have made the decision to expand our health plan's coverage of Truvada to include Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)".

Publix tweeted, "We are working with our pharmacy benefits manager to implement this change as quickly as possible". "Unfortunately, yes, they confirmed that Publix is absolutely denying PrEP".

Publix Supermarkets has come under recent scrutiny for their failure to include HIV preventative drugs in their employee's health plans.

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Less than 24 hours later, the policy changed. Gilead Sciences, its manufacturer, estimated USA usage at 120,000 people previous year.

TheBody.com learned of this issue in December when David Holland, M.D., M.H.S., an associate professor of medicine at Emory University and director of the Fulton County PrEP clinic in Atlanta posted in a thread on Facebook that the only patient he wasn't able to prescribe PrEP to was a Publix employee.

We had already mentioned that Publix - the Florida grocery chain that refused to pay for employee HIV-prevention medication and then backtracked after a public outcry - had previously made donations to anti-LGBTQ Republicans and retained LGBTQ-unfriendly workplace policies.

He confirmed that the former Publix employee, a Georgia resident, had been denied coverage - the only such case he'd seen.

The former employee told the AP last week that he left Publix at the end of 2016 after being with the company for a year, primarily over the drug issue.

Over the last few weeks, HRC and other groups expressed displeasure with Publix over refusing to cover PrEP. "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that it is better and cheaper if someone isn't infected".

As preventative measures and education have improved, the CDC says the number of US residents contracting HIV dropped to 37,600 in 2014, the latest year available - an 18 percent decline since 2008.

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