It's intended to ensure can get access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) from a pharmacist, a change that health advocates described as "revolutionary."
The law, sponsored by Sen.
"Recent breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of HIV can save lives," Newsom said of signing SB 159. "All Californians deserve access to PrEP and PEP, two treatments that have transformed our fight against HIV and AIDS."
The process of going through a doctor can be time-consuming and frustrating, particularly for members of the gay and transgender community, said
"Most queer folks have a better relationship with their pharmacist," Contreras said. "To remove a whole system of red tape to get access to this medication is a huge step."
Contreras said that this law will give pharmacists and pharmacies access to "a whole new population of folks that they didn't have access to before."
Clarmundo Sullivan, founder and CEO of Golden Rule Services, which provides HIV services to communities of color in
For it to be effective, PEP must be taken within 72 hours, Sullivan said. This law will make it much easier for patients to get access to the drug in that window.
"That alone is revolutionary," he said.
He called on
"It will be a glorious day ... for people to have free access to PrEP or PEP," he said.
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