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Seven Considerations When Starting HIV Medications

October 23, 2015


4. Understand Access and Cost

4. Understand Access and Cost

It is important to review the options for obtaining one's HIV meds. Insurance often covers the cost of medications, although copayments can be high. Pharmaceutical companies have patient assistance programs that may defray the cost of such copays. State and local health departments have various programs to help those with limited incomes have access to HIV medications. However, this often involves many bureaucratic hurdles that can be frustrating and sometimes overwhelming. It is helpful for anyone who is newly diagnosed to work with case manager assistance when maneuvering the administrative details to ensure access to care.

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