LA Adds 10 Providers To Successful HIV-Prevention Program
The facilities that receive funding from the county distribute a once-daily pill known as PrEP, which is designed to keep those who've potentially been exposed to HIV from becoming infected.
LA Supervisors Expand Program That Offers HIV-Prevention Drug Truvada
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to expand an HIV prevention program that’s proven highly effective in reducing the spread of the deadly virus that infects hundreds of county residents annually. The county’s been providing the anti-HIV drug, Truvada, at four of its clinics under a program approved last summer. With Tuesday's vote, supervisors approved $11.5 million in funding for ten additional providers to distribute the drug over the next two years to uninsured and underinsured high-risk patients. (O'Neill, 8/2)
In other health care news from across the state —
The Mercury News:
San Jose: Disabled Adults Get Back On Their Feet In 'The Safe House'
[Vanessa] Rogers is one of five adult residents with special needs living in the spacious single-story house on Cambrian Drive at the border of Campbell and San Jose's Cambrian Park neighborhood. The house is Life Services Alternatives' latest addition to its group of 11 assisted living homes throughout Santa Clara County that serve individuals with a range of conditions including Down's syndrome, autism, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. This month marks one year since the house opened and Rogers moved in, starting a new life. (Baum, 8/3)
East Bay Times:
Autistic Oakland Boy Restrained 92 Times In 11 Months By Concord School
The U.S. Department of Education ruled the Oakland school district discriminated against a 9-year-old autistic boy who was restrained 92 times during one school year, sometimes for up to 90 minutes at a time, according to an announcement Tuesday. Stuart Candell attended Anova Center for Education in Concord from April 2013 to February 2014. Two to three adults held him face down for a total of 2,200 minutes, or more than 36 hours, during his tenure at the school for high-functioning autistic kids. He was also secluded in a 12-foot-by-10-foot windowless room, according to the federal Office for Civil Rights decision in June. (Gafni, 8/2)