As the City of West Hollywood moves forward with implementing its HIV Zero Strategic Plan, the City’s Social Services Division is seeking feedback from the community about stigma experienced as a result of HIV status.

The City has launched an online survey, which is available at www.weho.org/hivzero. Residents and members of the community, regardless of HIV status, are encouraged to provide input, which will be helpful to the City in the ongoing implementation of its HIV Zero plan. This is the fifth wave of the survey on stigma. Community members are encouraged to take part in the survey even if they have completed a survey as part of a previous wave.

The Fight - Last month, ViiV revealed results from two studies, pairing its own cabotegravir with Johnson & Johnson’s rilpivirine (branded as Edurant). When given once every four weeks, the drugs can maintain viral suppression in HIV-positive adults as well as a standard three-drug regimen taken daily. The data will be part of the approval application ViiV submits to regulatory authorities later this year, reports hivplusmag.com.

LA Blade - Pharmaceutical giant Gilead was hit with a lawsuit filed by 41 people from 12 states on April 11 who allege they suffered bone and/or kidney damage after taking Gilead’s tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, (TDF). The personal injury suit, filed in California Superior Court in Los Angeles, alleges the pharmaceutical company knew in 2001 that TDF was “highly toxic in the doses prescribed and risked permanent and possibly fatal damage to the kidneys and bones” —and that there was a safer alternative.

“More and more plaintiffs are coming forward to tell their stories of how they have been harmed by Gilead’s practice of putting profits over patient health,” said Liza Brereton with HIV Litigation Attorneys.

LA Blade - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion on Nov. 20 to approve the allocation of emergency reserve funds for organizations, including the Los Angeles LGBT Center, for public health initiatives like STD testing and treatment.

The motion, introduced by Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas, will add $5 million for public health programs, along with $1 million in grant funding for clients with substance abuse disorders, over a period of two years.

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