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DIVISION 105. COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTROL [120100 - 122476]

  ( Division 105 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 7. )

PART 4. HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV) [120775 - 121349.3]

  ( Part 4 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 7. )

CHAPTER 17. Pre- and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis [121348 - 121348.4]
  ( Heading of Chapter 17 amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 18, Sec. 17. )

121348.
  

(a)  The department, through its Office of AIDS, shall appoint and convene a task force to develop recommendations for the use of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) in the general population, for the prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

(b)  In performing its duties under this chapter, the task force shall review and consider PEP guidelines established by other jurisdictions, both in the United States and abroad.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 746, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2004.)

121348.2.
  

(a)  The task force shall consist of no more than 10 members, including, but not be limited to, representatives with PEP experience from all of the following:

(1)  Research scientists.

(2)  Patients who have received PEP treatment.

(3)  HIV physicians or clinicians.

(4)  HIV prevention, education, or mental health providers.

(5)  Public health officials.

(6)  The Office of AIDS.

(7)  Health plan representatives.

(b)  A representative of the Office of AIDS shall serve as the chair of the task force and shall coordinate the proceedings and actions of the task force as necessary and appropriate.

(c)  The department shall designate a physician member of the task force to serve as the cochair of the task force. The cochair shall consult with and advise the department and draft the recommendations for the use of PEP in the general population. The cochair shall serve without compensation or reimbursement for expenses beyond any existing contract with the department, consistent with subdivision (f).

(d)  The task force shall be implemented only through existing state resources.

(e)  Notwithstanding subdivision (d), the department may seek assistance, including financial and in-kind assistance, from other government, educational, and private sources for purposes of convening the task force and developing the recommendations required by this section.

(f)  Representatives appointed to the task force shall serve without compensation and without reimbursement of expenses beyond any existing contract with the department. If the department is unable to secure representatives willing to serve on the task force without compensation or reimbursement for expenses beyond any existing contract with the department, the department may choose not to convene the task force or develop recommendations required by this section.

(g)  The recommendations produced by the task force shall be approved by the department in consultation with the cochair and shall be made available through posting on the department’s Web site. The department is not required to print or mail the recommendations.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 746, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2004.)

121348.4.
  

Upon an appropriation in the annual Budget Act, the State Department of Public Health shall establish the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Navigator Services Program, under which the department shall provide for the following activities:

(a) Oversight and evaluation of the PrEP Navigator Services Program.

(b) Implementation of a process to request applications, and award funding on a competitive basis, to community-based organizations or local health departments. An eligible entity shall collaborate with the Office of AIDS to conduct outcome and process evaluation of navigator services. An entity in any county shall be eligible to receive funding if it can demonstrate all of the following:

(1) Capacity to ensure access for and serve the most vulnerable and underserved Californians at high risk for HIV.

(2) Ability to develop protocols to conduct outreach to targeted populations, to provide PrEP education to clients and providers, and to assess and refer persons to appropriate clinical care and prevention services.

(c) Development and distribution of PrEP education materials statewide, including providing training for and support of any additional activity that is consistent with the goals of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 18, Sec. 18. (SB 75) Effective June 24, 2015.)

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