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HIV specialists and gay rights groups say the drug is nearly universally covered by large employers who provide prescription drug coverage for their workers.

"In deciding to fund PrEP, PHARMAC has endorsed a key part of NZAF's strategic plan - seeing PrEP as a safe and effective way of preventing HIV transmission during sex, and one that could make a huge impact on the number of new HIV diagnoses in NZ - which was at its highest ever in 2016", says Dr Myers. "Now, we hope to see the same effect across the country, and beyond just the community of gay and bisexual men affected by HIV".

"Providing affordable access to PrEP for those who need it will make an enormous difference to those most at risk of HIV transmission", executive director Jason Myers said.

Publix Supermarkets has come under recent scrutiny for their failure to include HIV preventative drugs in their employee's health plans.

While denying coverage of PrEP is not illegal, Smith said Publix's old policy left it vulnerable to privacy lawsuits.

The Associated Press began reporting on the issue last week but Publix did not respond to numerous calls and detailed messages at that time.

Without insurance, PrEP can cost up to $1,500 a month.

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"It is not a stretch of the imagination to think that this could actually be a discriminatory practice that targets members of the LBGT community for their sexuality", Jeff Graham with Georgia Equality told Channel 2. Moments after he posted on Facebook this morning that he'd met with Publix, they announced the reversal of their earlier position.

However, following a meeting with Publix officials to address the issue, Florida state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, an openly gay legislator, took to Twitter Monday to detail how the talks went.

"Less than 24 hours after meeting w/me, @Publix has reversed course and is expanding their employee insurance coverage to include the HIV prevention pill, PrEP!". "We are working with our pharmacy benefits manager to implement this change as quickly as possible".

He said he walked them through a situation where an HIV-negative employee is in a relationship with someone who is HIV-positive.

According to HIV specialists and gay rights groups, the drug is nearly universally covered by large employers who provide prescription drug coverage for their workers.

New Zealand is about to take a pioneering approach to fighting HIV/AIDS-by publicly funding pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication Truvada, manufactured by US biotech giant Gilead. While Publix already provided coverage for Truvada, that covered the treatment of HIV - not its prevention. "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that it is better and cheaper if someone isn't infected", he said.