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No more access to female condoms?

A message to Universal Condom Work Group Members and Supporters:

Recently I received a troubling email from one of our colleagues at the AIDS Foundation Chicago, Jessica Terlikowski. She expressed that she and her colleagues had a concerning call with Veru Health Care. Veru Health Care is the company that bought Female Health Company; they manufacture FC2, the only FDA approved female condom currently available in the United States.  Jessica shared that Veru Healthcare is working toward revoking the commercial availability of FC2. This means no longer being able to buy FC2 through Walgreen’s stores, CVS, or online pharmacy retailers. Additionally the company is looking to move into a prescription based model. A prescription is not currently required for FC2 use but by moving to this new model Veru hopes they can increase the price point to $119.47 for a box of 12 condoms (yes you read that correctly). I have also learned that Veru will no longer rely on distributers like Total Access Group to sell FC2 to Public Health Departments, CBOs and clinics. Veru Healthcare will move to distribute FC2 in-house via sales representatives.

The reasons given for their turn, they claim are due to the lack of profitability in the retail market. The company claims they aren’t making a sizable profit from the commercial sale of FC2 and they need to make changes. However, during the call they stated they remain committed to ensuring FC2 is available to those seeking them.

The Universal Condom Work Group is disheartened by these recent findings. We understand the difference between access and ease of access for our communities. When individuals have the ease of access to effective pregnancy/ STI prevention, they are more likely to engage in using them. The Universal Condom Work Group has seen progress from our labor in the past two years. I have seen FC2 availability increase as more community clinics and health programs obtain FC2 for their clients.  Most recently Los Angeles County Department of Public Health moved to include female condoms in the upcoming The Los Angeles County Comprehensive HIV Plan. This non gender specific inclusion of ‘internal condoms’ ensures those engaging in receptive sexual activities have increased prevention options.  To date, over 200 healthcare providers, public health investigators, nurses, and health educators in Los Angeles County have attended the trainings the Work Group has hosted. In turn they share the benefits of FC2 with their staff and clients. However there is so much more work to be done.

As most of you know I have been at the forefront of this fight for Los Angeles, beating the drum highlighting a tool that provides dual protection, can enhance sexual pleasure, and empowers receptive partners to take the lead in protecting themselves.

The proposed rollback of availability would be a barrier to those needing FC2 the most. There is additional concern that at the proposed cost, insurers would be less likely to cover FC2, leaving women without premium insurance unable to obtain them if desired. Providers might be less likely to discuss them as an option if they know clients will be unable to actually get their hands on them.

Having the power of choice allows different people the ability to make the best decisions for themselves in any given situation. I believe women and any other person engaging in receptive intercourse should have HIV/STI prevention options available to them that are affordable, easy to access and suitable to their personal needs. I agree with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the National Female Condom Coalition that “these decisions are outrageous and unacceptable as they take a critical prevention option out of the hands of both women living with and vulnerable to HIV.” The advocates of the National Female Condom Coalition are organizing a collective response to these proposed changes. Your voices will be a critical addition as we move forward. I will continue to keep you abreast of developments as they roll out.

Additionally as these changes take shape, I encourage you to procure as many FC2 for your patients and clients before any price changes take effect or we begin to experience difficulty in getting them from our distributors. Contact me for assistance in finding FC2.

Additional article:

Roxanne Lewis
Chair, Universal Condom Work Group L.A.
Program Coordinator, Healthy Alternatives for Reducing the Risk for HIV Project- JWCH Institute Inc
(213) 253-8245

DISCOVER PrEP (research study recruiting)

If you are interested, or have clients you believe may be interested, in being part of the DISCOVER PrEP STUDY that is comparing Truvada vs. Descovy for the prevention of HIV-infection, new candidates have until Friday, May 12 to screen. This is a 144 week study offering all clinical visits, labs, STD testing and treatment and drug at no cost, plus an incentive for your time and travel.  Please click the link below or see the English/Spanish postcards attached, for more information.

Thanks much,






Director, Programs & Education

Men’s Health Foundation

9201 W Sunset Blvd, Suite 814

Los Angeles, CA 90069

310.550.1014 (Office)

310.550.0650 (Fax)

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HIV/AIDS & Mental Health April Newsletter

April 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Webinars: 

DATE CHANGE: Mental Health Clinical Care – Use of PrEP for Clients at High Risk of HIV
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST
More info

Linkages to Care: Promoting Access to Care & Treatment for People Living with HIV/AIDS
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST
More info

Latest News

Depression and the relationship between basic psychological needs and quality of life among PLWH
AIDS Care, March 2017

Better depression care could improve outcomes for HIV treatment programmes
aidsmap, March 2017

Opening up the HIV epidemic: a review of HIV seropositive status disclosure among people who inject drugs
AIDS Care, March 2017

Harm reduction should address the specific needs of couples who inject drugs
aidsmap, March 2017

Marijuana Use Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men and the HIV Care Continuum: Findings From the uConnect Cohort
Substance Use & Misuse, March 2017

Psychosocial correlates of safe sex communication between Latina women and their stable male partners: an integrative review
AIDS Care, March 2017

The relationship between life stressors and drug and sexual behaviors among a population-based sample of young Black men who have sex with men in Chicago
AIDS Care, March 2017

See links to full articles

New Archived Webinar

LGBTQ Youth and Homelessness: Opportunities for Risk Reduction and HIV Prevention

HIV & Aging Toolkit
The HIV and Aging Toolkit is available to help clinicians understand a variety of issues facing older patients living with HIV, including medication management, side effects, and ailments that can accompany aging with HIV.

Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Toolkit
Check out this new toolkit on HIV prevention and care for people living in rural areas is available from the HRSA-supported Rural Health Information Hub.

Personalized Cognitive Counseling: An adaptation for working with trans women 
A guide to the adaptation of the Personalized Cognitive Counseling intervention for trans women who have sex with men.

New Medication Adherence e-Learning Training Toolkit for Providers The Every Dose Every Day e-Learning Training Toolkit features four evidence-based strategies that can be delivered by a variety of HIV providers, including medical providers, mental health providers, HIV case managers, health educators and/or peers.

Highlights from the Field

Psychology and AIDS Exchange Newsletter
Our partners at the American Psychological Association released their spring 2017 issue of Psychology and AIDS Exchange Newsletter exploring criminalization of HIV exposure and transmission.

The HIV / AIDS & Mental Health Training Resource Center website is developed under a task order from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), reference #283-12-2401, for training and technical assistance purposes only. The content, views, and opinions expressed on this site do not necessarily reflect those of HHS, SAMHSA or CMHS.

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Bilingual HIV RN Case Manager Position Available in MCC (Medical Care Coordination) Program-East Los Angeles

For more information on how to apply please contact Alonso Bautista, MA, MFTI at 323-869-5408


The Nurse Case Manager will provide case management services to an ongoing case load of individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  The RNCM works as part of an interdisciplinary team to formulate care plans based on assessment and provision of care priorities. Coordination of services with the social worker /mental health clinician, and other psycho-social support services for persons with HIV/AIDS needing higher level of care. The RNCM will work under the Home Based Case Management (HBCM) program or the Medical Care Coordination (MCC) program. The RNCM for HBCM will coordinate services for persons who are homebound and when applicable, will coordinate activities with in-home support, skilled nursing facilities, hospital nursing personnel, members of the interdisciplinary team and with the physician in the clinic. The RNCM for MCC will act as team lead to ensure the patient’s needs are met and their care is coordinated through the delivery of brief interventions focused on patient education, treatment adherence, managing side effects, medical nutrition therapy, co-infections, and preventative care.


  1. Identifies and enrolls persons with HIV/AIDS into a case management program providing services within the HMCM and MCC programs.
  2. Works as part of an interdisciplinary team to formulate care plans based on assessment and provision of care priorities.
  3. Coordinates services with the social worker /mental health clinician and other psycho-social support services for persons with HIV/AIDS needing higher level of care.
  4. Coordinate access to other services including, nutrition services, legal services, in-home support, attendant care, and skilled nursing.
  5. Actively participants in Case Conferences to determine appropriate care plan for patients.
  6. Delivers brief interventions focused on patient education, treatment adherence, managing side effects, medical nutrition therapy, co?infections, and preventative care.
  7. The Nurse Case Manager will participate in the developing of all program material, policies and procedures related to the nurse case management program; includes creating program manuals and Quality Management policies.
  8. Develops program informational and educational materials and various forms.
  9. Cultivates and develops community social services linkages for patients and families with HIV/AIDS.
  10. Identifies third party payer sources, completes Medi-Cal and/or Medi-Care paper work; Qualifies participants for the State AIDS Case Management Program services.
  11. Collects demographics, compiles monthly reports and statistics.
  12. Works to coordinate support services with hospital discharge planners as needed.
  13. Attends staff meetings, programmatic trainings/meetings, various community meetings, task forces and local consortium.
  14. May be required to perform clinical nurse duties as needed
  15. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  1. Graduation from an accredited Baccalaureate School of Nursing or a related field and two years experience in administration or management, public health nursing and/or case management or an RN with three years experience in home health care and/or case management.
  2. Current, active, and unrestricted registered nursing license provided by the State of California.
  3. A minimum of one year experience working with HIV populations preferred.
  4. Bilingual: English/Spanish required

09/08/16: “Integrated HIV Care & Treatment: A Medical Update and Case Example for Mental Health Professionals” (webinar)

The SAMHSA’s HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Resource Center and the American Psychological Association’s Office on AIDS invite you to participate
Upcoming Webinar:  “Integrated HIV Care & Treatment: A Medical Update and Case Example for Mental Health Professionals”
When: Thursday 8 September 2016, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)
Although effective treatments have made HIV infection a manageable chronic disease, many people living with HIV also present co-occurring mental disorders, and addictions. Medication adherence and other health behavior challenges can complicate treatment, highlighting the need for a skilled workforce (psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, substance abuse counselors, and other front line providers) that can work collaboratively with health care and public-health professionals to respond to the psychosocial challenges that accompany having or being at risk for HIV.
This webinar will highlight the latest in approaches to HIV prevention, care and treatment and provide a case example of how providers of medical and behavioral health can work together to improve outcomes for people living with HIV.
Learning Objectives:
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to
  1. Understand the latest medical approaches to HIV testing, and treatment and their impact on mental health and well-being.
  2. Explain the link between biomedical aspects of HIV with mental health, well-being and chronic disease management.
  3. Identify the role mental health care provider’s play in linking people living with HIV/AIDS into care, and supporting adherence to medical regimens.
  4. Describe a case example of integrated care where medical and behavioral health care teams work together to improve outcomes for people living with HIV.
The webinar is free of charge.
This webinar has been reviewed and approved by the APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The CE fee is $25.00 for this webinar.
  • Eugene Farber, PhD, ABPP, is Professor and Director of Psychology Internship Training, Emory University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Vincent C. Marconi, M.D., is Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Professor of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
This webinar is provided as a collaborative effort between the American Psychological Association’s Office on AIDS and the HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Resource Center. The HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Resource Center aims to expand the knowledge and capacity of mental health care providers to address the mental health and psychosocial needs of consumers impacted and affected by HIV. This is done as a partnership between the Education Development Center, American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, and National Association of Social Workers.
The Center is funded under a task order from the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services. Reference #283-12-2401. This webinar is offered for training and technical assistance purposes only. The content, views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.

03/29/16:”OUTcompetent” – Cultural Competency and the Stigmatization of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and Mental Health (webinar)


“OUTcompetent” – Cultural Competency and the Stigmatization of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and Mental Health

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

1:00 – 2:00 P.M. EST
This webinar will discuss the impact of stigma in STIs, HIV, PrEP, and mental health that LGBT individuals face when accessing healthcare. The webinar also will equip attendees to effectively engage LGBT individuals who seek care in the areas of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and mental health. OUTcompetent is defined as being culturally competent and inclusive when treating LGBT individuals and recognizing the impact of stigma on the health outcomes of LGBT individuals.

Recent studies have shown:

  • More than half of LGBT individuals have faced discrimination from healthcare providers.
  • 1 in 5 LGBT individuals report withholding information about their sexual history from a health care professional.
  • 89% of transgender individuals fear providers are not adequately trained to treat them.
  • 30% of gay and bisexual men have never been tested for HIV.
  • Only 26% of gay and bisexual men know about PrEP.
  • LGBT individuals are 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance abuse than the general public.


Topics and faculty:

  • HIV – Venton Jones, Program Officer, LGBT Health & Wellness Initiatives,  National Black Justice Coalition
  • PrEP – Damon Jacobs, Licensed Family Therapist and HIV Prevention Specialist
  • STIs – Stephen Hicks, Health Equity and Capacity Building Manager, National Coalition of STD Directors
  • Mental Health – Adam Swanson, MPP, Senior Policy Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

Intended Audiences: LGBT health professionals, clinical providers, behavioral health providers, service providers, and consumers.

LGBT Health Awareness Week: The webinar will be held during the 14th annual LGBT Health Awareness Week – March 28 to April 1, 2016. The National Coalition for LGBT Health created LGBT Health Awareness Week in 2003 to raise awareness of LGBT health disparities. This year’s theme is “OUTvisible: Redefining Stigma in LGBT Healthcare from Invisible to OUTvisible.” To learn more about the Coalition’s activities during National LGBT Health Awareness Week, click here.For more information, please contact: Ryan Meyer –, 202.507.4735.

About the National Coalition for LGBT Health
Founded in 2000, the National Coalition for LGBT Health is dedicated to achieving LGBT health equity. The Coalition is comprised of leaders from national and state LGBT organizations, health centers, health departments, universities, health organizations, clinical and behavioral health providers, and LGBT individuals and allies who are committed to addressing LGBT health. For more information, or to join the Coalition, visit, contact Ryan Meyer at, 202.507.4725, or follow the Coalition on Twitter: @healthlgbt or Facebook.


Ranji U, Beamesderfer A, and Salganicoff A (April 2015). Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals in the U.S. Issue Brief, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Lambda Legal (2010). When Health Care Isn’t Caring: Lambda Legal’s Survey of Discrimination Against LGBT People and People with HIV. Report, Lambda Legal.

National Women’s Law Center (May 2014). Health Care Refusals Harm Patients: the Threat to LGBT People and Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS. Fact Sheet, National Women’s Law Center.

Hamel L, Firth J, Hoff, T, Kates J, Levine S, and Dawson L (September 2014). HIV/AIDS in the Lives of Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States. Report, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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03/09/16: PrEP: Stigma, Fear, Relief & Joy | HIV MHTF in-service

03-09-16 landsman flyer

This in-service will take place DURING the regular monthly meeting. Note that the meeting and the in-service will be held in the Black Box theater at the Village, not in our usual meeting room.

SEATING IS LIMITED so please register (by clicking on the image above, or by going to and scrolling down to the registration form. 

DO NOT PAY! This is a free training.

BBS CEU information forthcoming.

05/14/14 CROI update from Dr. Moe (video)

05-14-14 HIVMHTF Dr Moe CROI from Susan Forrest on Vimeo.

Dr. Moe’s presentation at today’s HIV MHTF meeting.

ACTION ALERT: 7 days until all City HIV prevention funding is stopped. PLEASE ACT NOW.


Over the past couple of weeks people have been asking what they can do about the LA City budget cuts to HIV programs.  One thing you can do is call your council members and encourage them to stand up and support HIV programs.  Below find a sample script you can use when making the calls. Attached please find a fact sheet andtranscribed quotes from the council members last Monday’s budget meeting.

A group of us will be visiting council offices on Thursday to drop off information and let them know in person that we care about these cuts.  Please let us know if you’d like to join us.

7 days

Call Your LA City Councilmember & Housing Committee members: 7 days until Los Angeles stops funding HIV programs

The Federal government is changing the guidelines for the way cities like Los Angeles use money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Those changes are resulting in sudden cuts to HIV services that the city has funded using money from HUD. We need City Council to immediately come up with replacement funding to ensure that these vital services continue without interruption. These programs provide HIV testing, health education, many efforts to reach people who inject drugs including outreach, syringe disposal, overdose prevention & naloxone distribution.
These programs are part of a critical public health network that reduces the burden of HIV throughout our city. These prevention programs use evidence-based public health strategies to work with populations most impacted by HIV.

(Last Tuesday’s LA Times article)

Please stand with these programs and let your council members know how important they are. We encourage you to use social media to promote this call to action to help amplify the message and encourage others to connect with their council members as well.

We are also asking that you also contact the chair and members of the Housing Committee. This committee oversees the funding stream that currently funds HIV services in the City of Los Angeles. (contact info below)

Phone calls

Call your Councilmember’s office and Councilmember Cedillo who is the Chair of the Housing Committee. We want to acknowledge the on-going support provided by City Council for these programs while also register the urgent need to bridge the funding gap. Be courteous and respectful! Keep in mind that the staff person answering the telephone is more likely to accurately record your message if you speak to them respectfully.

Sample Script

Hello, my name is ________, and I am a constituent/ a resident/ an HIV service provider/ a consumer of HIV services/ a mom/ whatever you’d like to identify as.

I learned (cite the LA Times article if that helps) that the city plans to stop funding HIV services for 3 months starting next week, and that after that there may only be 57% of the funding needed for the next year.

I am calling to ask the Councilmember to stand up and support our city’s HIV prevention programs.  I care about these programs because they help reduce HIV and improve my/ our community’s health.

(**only if you want to get more detailed about how: We urgently need the city to transfer the programs from Federal Funding streams to the City Budget, because a gap in services could be have serious consequences.  We know we can prevent HIV infections – our city supports effective, science based prevention programs that need to continue their work to keep this epidemic at bay.)

A gap in services could be have serious consequences – and costs – for our city. It would take $260,000 to cover this 3 month gap, but only ONE new HIV infection will cost $385,200 to treat.

This HIV funding crisis gives the council the opportunity to show the country what makes this city great – to show the kind of leadership the council has shown before and continue our proud history of standing up for people with HIV and AIDS.

Contact info:

Look up your city council member & their contact info

Housing Committee Members:

  • Chair – Gilbert Cedillo
  • Felipe Fuentes
  • Herb Wesson Jr.
  • Joe Buscaino
  • Curren Price Jr.

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