Insurance Co. Stops Denying Coverage of Truvada for HIV Prevention

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What is Truvada for HIV Prevention?

Also known as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), Truvada is intended to prevent HIV in those who are not already infected but who are at risk of infection. Used daily, the little blue pill has been shown to be 92 to 99 percent effective at preventing the virus from taking hold in the body. First approved in 2012, Truvada is considered a significant milestone in the fight against HIV, according to the Boston Globe.

Massachusetts Insurance Company Settles Discrimination Lawsuit

On the same day, Mutual of Omaha also announced the settlement of a LGBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) lawsuit on behalf of a 61-year-old man, “John Doe,” who was allegedly denied long-term care insurance by Mutual of Omaha solely because he takes Truvada. Bennett Klein, GLAD’s AIDS law project director, represented the plaintiff in the 2014 lawsuit, the first of its kind.

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Carah Wertheimer

Carah Wertheimer is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. Her areas of specialization include food, health, environment, social justice and community reporting. Her work has appeared in the Denver Post, The Daily Beast, the Boulder Daily Camera, Boulder Weekly and other publications.

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