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A bottle of AIDS medication called Agenerase is shown July 11, 2002 in Miami, Florida. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers have warned that HIV infection rates among women were on the rise. HIV-positive women of childbearing age between13 to 44 , soared from 80,000 to 135,000 from 1991 to 2000 in the U.S. The international conference on HIV/AIDs currently going on in Spain will discuss reducing the price of antiretroviral drugs so people in developing countries can have better access to treatment. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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California To Allow Pharmacies To Sell HIV Prevention Drugs Without A Prescription

"I applaud the Legislature for taking action to expand access to these treatments and getting us close to ending HIV and AIDS for good."

On Monday (Oct. 7), California's Gov. Gavin Newsom gave the green light to a law that allows pharmacies to sell HIV medication without a prescription. According to the Los Angeles Times, insurance companies will be prohibited from mandating proof for the need for the medication.

In a statement, Newsom stressed that science's strides in providing care for HIV patients continue to grow with each breakthrough. "All Californians deserve access to PrEP and PEP, two treatments that have transformed our fight against HIV and AIDS," he said. "I applaud the Legislature for taking action to expand access to these treatments and getting us close to ending HIV and AIDS for good."

Ultimately, this new law hopes to reduce the transmission of HIV with easier access to the medication. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) are two of the drugs that will be administered without a prescription. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with HIV who take their medicine on a regular basis decrease the likelihood of their partner(s) contracting the disease through sexual intercourse. The medical website also notes that in 2017, blacks/African Americans in the United States made up 43 percent of new HIV diagnoses.

In addition to this legislature, a new law (SB 464) mandates perinatal administrators to undergo an implicit bias training concerning pregnant black women patients. The maternal mortality rate among black women continues to reach a fever pitch. The disproportionate effect of the maternal mortality rate on this community is a public health crisis and a major health equity issue,” Newsom said. Black women are three to four times more likely to die from childbirth than white women, according to the CDC.

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Ty Dolla $ign Releases New Album Feat. Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Kanye West And More

After a three-year album hiatus, Ty Dolla $ign released his latest studio effort, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, on Friday (Oct. 23).

The 25-track album features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, FKA Twigs, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, 6lack, Young Thug, Music Soulchild, Skrillex, Quavo, Anderson Paak, Post Malone, Kanye West, and more.

Powered by previously released singles, “Ego Death,” Expensive” and By Yourself,” the new album flexes a different music muscle for the Grammy-nominated recording artists who steered clear of  making club records.

“I was intentionally trying to not make club songs [talking about] hoes and *itches and all the sh*t I used to talk about,” Ty told Vulture in a recent interview. “I was trying to, like, talk about my life, and what it is now, and really do something different with it. I got a daughter going to high school this year, and she’s paying attention, and all her friends are paying attention, so I can’t talk as crazy or do the crazy sh*t that I used to do.”

Stream Featuring Ty Dolla Sign below.

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Jay Z Launches His Own Cannabis Brand

Jay Z is venturing into the world of cannabis. The  mogul officially announced the launch of his new cannabis brand, Monogram, on Friday (Oct. 23) marking his first product collaboration since becoming chief brand strategists of the Northern California-based dispensary, Caliva, last year.

“Monogram seeks to redefine what cannabis means to consumers today,” the company said in a press release. As many marijuana storefronts have implemented new rules amid the global pandemic, Monogram is also planing to launch an e-commerce sales option, “In an effort to provide a more tailored customer experience.”

Caliva and Hov opened their first Southern California storefront last year. Besides providing quality products, Hov aims to use his position at Caliva to help the formerly incarcerated (many of whom are not reaping the benefits of marijuana legalization) through advocacy, job training, and employee and workforce development.

According to the company website, Monogram uses “expert growers” to ensure that each marijuana flowers receives the “respect it deserves” in every stage of the growth process. Additionally, Monogram flowers are grown in small batches so that every plant gets “personalized attention.”

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Kehlani Plays Bryson Tiller’s Love Interest In “Always Forever” Video

Kehlani stars as Tiller’s love interest in the intimate new music video for “Always Forever,” released on Thursday (Oct. 22).

The stunning visual, directed by Glenn Michael of Toronto’s Kid Studio, is a creative take on how a relationship can become your entire universe. Tyler and Kehlani cuddle up, kiss, and hold hand in the steamy visual, prompting some fans to question the chemistry between the two. They might look pretty cozy, but Kehlani and Tiller are just friends (Tiller welcomed a child with girlfriend Kendra Bailey last year).

 

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🌎🎥💫Thanks Guys. #alwaysforever @kidstudio_ @ichiki @kehlani

A post shared by [ Bryson ] (@brysontiller) on Oct 22, 2020 at 12:35pm PDT

Kehlani shared some close-up stills from the music video on Instagram along with a message thanking Tiller for being a “solid” friend. “To one of my dearest friends…matching tattoos, years worth of stories, nights of dying laughter and holding each other down in the roughest times…I’m so proud of you. Thank you for being solid.”

The post was deleted after fans in the comments continued to speculate if the two were an item. Kehlani shared a follow-up message on her Instagram Story explaining in part, “I post lengthy captions about all my friends. You would have to follow me to know that.”

 

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#Roommates, #Kehlani explains her previous message to #BrysonTiller. (SWIPE for previous post)

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“Always Forever” is the latest single from Tiller’s newly released ANNIVERSARY LP.

Watch the video below.

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