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Texas Lawyer Behind Abortion Ban Takes Aim at HIV Prevention

  • Access to Gilead life-saving drugs put at risk by lawsuit
  • US says if mandate struck down health costs will rise
Protesters take part in the Women's March and Rally for Abortion Justice at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas

Protesters take part in the Women's March and Rally for Abortion Justice at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas

Photographer: Sergio Flores/AFP/Getty Images

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Groundbreaking drugs that prevent HIV infection may be harder to get in the US if a prominent Texas lawyer wins a lawsuit that pits his clients’ religious beliefs against free nationwide access to the medicines.

At issue are Gilead Sciences Inc.’s Truvada and Descovy, forms of pre-exposure prophylaxis commonly known as PrEP that are taken daily by hundreds of thousands of Americans, particularly men who have sex with men. The drugs were added last year to a list of preventive services like cancer screenings and polio vaccinations that most health insurance plans are required to cover at no cost under a provision of the federal Affordable Care Act.