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Wellness Wednesday: HIV And STD Prevention

Oct 16, 2019
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California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law the nation’s first over-the-counter access to HIV-prevention drugs. 

The law permits pharmacists to dispense post-exposure drugs for emergencies, and pre-exposure drugs that can significantly reduce the risk of contracting the disease. 

And the California law comes amid a new report that the number of sexually transmitted diseases increased to a record high last year. 

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: HIV and STD prevention, and more. 

Guests:

Shawn Rohlin holds his daughter, Madeline, who found out she had hearing loss and needed hearing aids. Her mom, Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley, says discovering hearing aids for children was considered a cosmetic device was shocking.
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Democratic lawmakers are trying to pass a bill that would require health insurance companies provide coverage for children’s hearing aids. Hearing aids, which advocates say can help their children learn and develop, is currently treated as a cosmetic device by many plans.

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Hearing aid technology saw great advancements last year.

Among the improvements to hearing aids are internal sensors that can track activity and detect if the person wearing the aid has fallen.

Today on All Sides, advancements in hearing aid technology, the best diets of 2019, and more.

Adora Namigadde

Eleven-year-old Eden Bradley relied on a hearing aid as a kid. She says she always struggled with how to describe it to her peers.