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    Airmen on HIV Drug Can Return to Flight Sooner After Change Championed by LGBTQ+ Advisory Group

    Airmen on HIV Drug Can Return to Flight Sooner After Change Championed by LGBTQ+ Advisory Group

    The Force is amending its policies regarding an anti-HIV drug, decreasing the time that pilots would be grounded after taking the medication and eliminating waivers altogether for aircrews.

    In a press release Tuesday, the service announced it had updated the official Air Force Aerospace Medicine Approved Medication Lists and the Medical Standards Directory for HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, preventative medication known as PrEP taken by those who may be at an elevated risk of contracting the virus.

    Under old policies, pilots who wanted to use HIV PrEP could not fly for 30 days when starting the medication. That has decreased to 14 days under the updated policy, the service said in the news release. The change was initiated by the Air Force's + Initiative Team, which is examining barriers to service.

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    “We have always been in alignment with guidelines for PrEP, but by reducing the time on duty restriction, this change will enhance readiness and help retain service members,” Col. Rich Kipp, chief of the Air Force medical standards division, said in the press release, citing guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The LGBTQ+ Initiative Team was created by the Department of the Air Force in 2021 under the service's Barrier Analysis Working Group with the aim to identify…

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