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A Positive Life

A Conversation with Murray Penner, Executive Director of the Prevention Access Campaign about living with HIV When did you first find out about your HIV positive status? Murray: I’ve been living with HIV since 1986. I learned about my diagnoses in a strange way when I applied for life insurance. As a part of that,…

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What is the ACA? The Affordable Care Act (ACA)–also known as Obamacare–was designed to increase health insurance quality and affordability, lower the uninsured rate by expanding insurance coverage, and reduce the costs of healthcare overall. If you do not have healthcare through your job or if financial barriers are prohibiting your access to care, the ACA may be a good fit for you. People who receive benefits through the ACA are shielded from rising premiums as ACA subsidies increase or decrease in proportion to premiums. Open enrollment – or the period during which you can opt into ACA plans - is happening November 1 through January 15. And please be aware that outside of Open Enrollment, if you experience a major change in your situation — like getting married, having a baby, or losing health coverage — that event can make you eligible for a Special Enrollment Period, allowing you to enroll in health insurance outside the yearly Open Enrollment Period. How to apply The official application for the ACA can be found here. Before applying, make sure you qualify for ACA coverage. How can the ACA help you access PrEP For many people, PrEP can cost extensive amounts of money out of pocket. The average price of PrEP without insurance is $1,758 for a three-month supply. A benefit of the ACA is that it allows you to get healthcare coverage which includes preventive services, like PrEP. This will make getting and staying on PrEP more affordable for you so you can protect your status without expensive co-pays. Of course, Q Care Plus’s dedicated team of providers is always here to help you navigate changes in insurance if you are already on PrEP. Our team will work to make sure there are no gaps in prescription refills during potential insurance shifts, so you never miss a pill! What to do if you have questions If you have any specific questions about open enrollment, don’t hesitate to contact a Q Care Plus provider at hello@qcareplus.com or 888) 708-0561. We can connect you to additional resources based on your geographical location that may help you to apply during Open Enrollment.

How to Get on PrEP During Open Enrollment

What is the ACA? The Affordable Care Act (ACA)–also known as Obamacare–was designed to increase health insurance quality and affordability, lower the uninsured rate by expanding insurance coverage, and reduce the costs of healthcare overall. If you do not have healthcare through your job or if financial barriers are prohibiting your access to care, the…

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Grindr Tags Explained

Grindr revolutionized hookup culture and brought cruising into the digital age. If you’re on Grindr, you probably know the drill. Each user can implement up to 10 tags on their profile. These help people find hookups or sexual partners that have similar sexual interests or hobbies. Users can search specific tags to find people in…

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The Intersection of HIV and Gynecology

When people think of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), they primarily associate it with men who sleep with men (MSM). However, this once daily pill that prevents HIV can also benefit women or other people with uteruses.   PrEP is for Everyone Globally, nearly half of all adults living with AIDS are women. In the United States,…

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How to Balance Polyamory and Primary Partners 101

With Advice from Agender, Poly Sex Therapist Kristen O’Guin Just like sexuality and gender, non-monogamous feelings and relationships fall on a spectrum. One type of non-monogamous relationships is polyamory, which is defined as “people having multiple loving, intentional, and intimate relationships at the same time with consent of all people involved and with specific guidelines.”…

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TEA-stimonial: Meet Casey Navarre

Meet Casey, Support Representative at Q Care Plus Not only does Q Care Plus have a team of medical providers who have extensive, specialized backgrounds in patient care and HIV prevention, but we also have an amazing team of Support Representatives who help our patients thrive, answer their questions, and ensure that they are taken…

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Monkeypox Frustration and “Gay Disease” DeJa Vu

Here’s How You Can Avoid Misinformation and Protect Yourself   What is Monkeypox?   Monkeypox (MPX) is a disease transmitted by close skin to skin contact or transmission of bodily fluids that results in skin lesions and uncomfortable bumps on people’s skin. It also can cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, nausea, and more.   The first…

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Could a Post-Roe World Mean An Attack on PrEP?

And, if so, how can telehealth companies fill the gaps for patients across the country? To Put it In Context, Let’s Talk about Kelley vs. The United States of America According to Bloomberg, “Groundbreaking drugs that prevent HIV infection may be harder to get in the US if a prominent Texas lawyer wins a lawsuit…

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