HIV

Anti Retro Viral (ARV) drugs. (TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)

Consumer Watchdog Sues Cigna For Alleged Discrimination Against People With HIV/AIDS

A class-action lawsuit against Cigna claims the company’s new policy discriminates against people with HIV and AIDS and violates the federal health law by requiring them to get their medications from its mail-order pharmacy.

04/28/2015

Inmates at Chino State Prison walk the hallway on December 10, 2010 in Chino, California. The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear arguments to appeal a federal court's ruling last year that the California state prison system would have to release 40,000 prisoners to cope with overcrowding so severe that it violated their human rights. More than 144,000 inmates are currently incarcerated in prisons that were designed to hold about 80,000. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

SF Jail Program Is The Model For Law To Provide Free Condoms To California Prisoners

A new law in California will require state prisons to make condoms available to all prisoners, even though sex between inmates is still a crime.

03/15/2015

A San Francisco Fire Department fire engine. (CBS)

SF Firefighter Files Harassment, Discrimination Claim Against Managers And Colleagues After Testing Positive For HIV

A San Francisco firefighter has filed a legal claim alleging that colleagues and managers harassed and discriminated against him after learning he had tested positive for HIV.

03/09/2015

Medicine

Kaiser Reverses Plan To Raise Cost Of HIV Medications After Public Pressure

One of the Bay Area’s biggest health insurance companies is doing an about-face. On late Friday afternoon, Kaiser Permanente said it will resume covering more of the cost of certain HIV medications, following public pressure.

02/20/2015

Electron micrograph of Treponema pallidum on cultures of cotton-tail rabbit epithelium cells (Sf1Ep). Treponema pallidum is the causative agent of syphilis. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

San Francisco Leads The Country In Rate Of Syphilis Infections

San Francisco, which already leads the country in a few areas, such as housing prices, number of restaurants, minimum wage and baseball, can now claim to be number one in another category.

02/06/2015

A blood donation bag. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

FDA Favors Dropping 31-Year-Old Ban On Gay Blood Donations

Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified.

12/23/2014

Former porn industry workers protest in front of Cal/OSHA offices in Oakland, November 6, 2014.

Former Porn Industry Workers Protest In Oakland Over Condom Rules They Say Are Being Disregarded

Former porn stars are speaking out about a job risk they say is not being taken seriously, while some porn industry advocates say it’s much ado about nothing.

11/06/2014

An Ebola virus virion. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

EBOLA REALITY CHECK: With Ebola Outbreak Hype Gripping America, Some Facts To Put It All In Perspective

It could be the fear of a hemorrhagic fever escaping from Africa, attacking the very heartland of America. It could be pictures of victims bleeding from every part of their body, writing in pain. The disease is fearsome, but beyond the sensational headlines, a little perspective may help calm fears.

10/17/2014

Supervisor David Campos (Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY)

San Francisco Supervisor Introduces Legislation To Allocate $800K For Residents Who Can’t Afford HIV/AIDS Drugs

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos introduced legislation Tuesday that would allocate about $800,000 to not only assist San Franciscans who can’t afford preventative HIV/AIDS drugs but would also pay health navigators to increase education about the effectiveness of the drug.

09/23/2014

Bottles of antiretroviral drug Truvada are displayed at Jack's Pharmacy on November 23, 2010 in San Anselmo, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Supervisor Wants To Make HIV/AIDS Drug Available To Anyone Who Needs It

Supervisor David Campos wants the Board to appropriate an extra $807,000 to cover the cost of providing Truvada to any San Franciscan who needs it.

09/18/2014

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