Manufacturer revises pharmacy reimbursements for free HIV drugs

BY: - July 15, 2021

A California pharmaceutical company that produces HIV prevention and treatment drugs says it is changing its reimbursement structure for pharmacies that dispense its medicine for free to uninsured people.  The Michigan Advance removed a July 12 story from publication because it incorrectly reported that Gilead Sciences of California, maker of the drugs Truvada and Descovy, […]

HIV at 40: Racial disparities continue to drive the epidemic in Michigan

BY: - June 4, 2021

“Why are you talking to them?” Hank Millbourne remembers friends saying to him during the 1980s gay scene in Detroit about other gay men. “They have the package.” Millbourne had only a passing idea of what the “package” was, but he was quickly taught the alleged telltale signs of it: darkened fingernails from using AZT, […]

HIV law has changed, but those prosecuted under former measure struggle to overcome convictions

BY: - June 4, 2021

Jeremy Merithew had a hook-up in 2012 that he will remember for the rest of his life. He met a man on the gay app Adam4Adam. The man came over for sex and left.  The next day, a deputy from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department was knocking on his door and he ended up behind […]

House committee OKs two bills reforming organ donations for those with disabilities or HIV

BY: - May 27, 2021

The Michigan House of Representatives Health Policy Committee on Thursday discussed and voted on bills pertaining to organ donation and transplant policy. One bill aims to help HIV-positive organ donors and recipients, while the other increases access for individuals with disabilities to organ transplants.  House Bill 4521, otherwise known as the The HIV Organ Policy […]


Todd A. Heywood: Let’s talk about immunocompromised people and the COVID vaccine debate

BY: - May 18, 2021

Everyone has heard politicians and public health leaders pleading with Americans to get one of the three available vaccines for SARS-COV-2 — the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. And vaccination rates are increasing to a point where pandemic restrictions are beginning to loosen and promises of “hope” for a “return to normalcy” continue to […]


Column: End HIV stigma and discrimination, and then we can end HIV

BY: - February 21, 2020

It’s a weird word to use, but in many ways I’m lucky — lucky because I only had to watch one friend die as his HIV progressed to AIDS. It was the early 2000s, and I was still a teenager. I wasn’t out yet. I was so angry when Billy died because I didn’t understand. […]