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ScotCharles
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Re: cost of hiv
      02/03/09 06:31 AM

I have good insurance, so my cost for the AIDS meds (I take Norvir, Atazanavir and Truvada) is $720 US a year. Lab costs are about $90 US a year and doctor's visits are $80 US a year. Once I qualify for Medicare next year (I am retired on an AIDS related disability) those costs will be paid by Medicare.

Without insurance, the AIDS meds are quite expensive with total costs for my regimen at around $16,000 per year. Even without insurance, if you qualify for assistance, there are many programs that can help with the cost of the meds. You can consult with your local AIDS service center or a knowledgeable social worker to find out about assistance.

Apart from the meds, one hospitalization for a PCP infection without insurance can cost you thousands. When I was hospitalized for PCP, my insurance paid most of my costs. I had a similiar experience when I was hospitalized for pancreatitis related to an allergic reaction to Viread.

Generally, the longer you have HIV the more you will spend in HIV related medical expenses. Most of the people in my Over 45 support group have had the virus for more than ten years and most of them have had a bad bout of something or other. Their problems have ranged from esophageal tumours, to severe depression, to Kaposi's Sarcoma, to wasting syndrome and to severe polyneuropathy.

My comments should not be taken that you will develop complications from an HIV infection. However, I have found that planning for an HIV infection when you are healthy is the best course. This means if you are in the US, which does not have socialized medicine, you should find a job with good health and long term disability benefits as well as ample sick leave for doctor's visits.

Be of good cheer, I have had HIV for nearly 25 years and I am still here, glad to see the new day.

Life truly is a river, live each day to the fullest,

ScotCharles

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* cost of hiv hopefulone 02/02/09 09:30 PM
. * Re: cost of hiv BrokenWingedBird   02/14/09 04:57 AM
. * Re: cost of hiv sick_of_fuckwits   02/14/09 05:07 AM
. * Re: cost of hiv TonyF   02/13/09 02:08 PM
. * Re: cost of hiv bufguy   02/05/09 04:57 PM
. * Re: cost of hiv MstrAlex1   02/05/09 04:27 PM
. * Re: cost of hiv hopefulone   02/05/09 09:11 PM
. * Re: cost of hiv Paul62Canada   02/04/09 08:15 PM
. * Re: cost of hiv August69   02/07/09 06:13 AM
. * Re: cost of hiv ScotCharles   02/04/09 10:48 AM
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. * Re: cost of hiv sick_of_fuckwits   02/04/09 10:57 AM
. * Re: cost of hiv ScotCharles   02/05/09 08:35 AM
. * Re: cost of hiv hopefulone   02/05/09 09:16 PM
. * Re: cost of hiv sick_of_fuckwits   02/04/09 04:15 AM
. * Re: cost of hiv ScotCharles   02/03/09 06:31 AM
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