How Much Do HIV Drugs Cost

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...drug co-pays, health insurance premiums, and other expenses associated with health care. Most, if not all, pharmaceutical companies already provide some level of patient assistance to individuals who are unable to afford their HIV medications. These are typically for uninsured patients only and those who qualify financially. Qualifications vary by program, so individuals and care providers should contact the manufacturer directly to see if...
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Health Insurance for HIV+ Students

I am a junior in college and am looking to attend grad school or medical school after I graduate. One of my biggest worries, and possible limiting factor, is obtaining health insurance that will cover me while in school. Because I won't be able to...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital the schools.In addition to that the Ryan White Care Act provides the states with funds to support primary care visits and HIV medications through ADAP (the AIDS Drug Assistance Program). The depth of the programs vary state to state but would... Read more »

HMO vs. PPO and Costs

Hi, I have recently been diagnosed HIV+ through anonymous testing and am wondering the advantages/disadvantages of HMO's vs. PPO's for someone like me. I imagine the level of service would be greater for the PPO but it looks like the drug benefits...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
In order to make a decision regarding your choice of coverage, you should evaluate the doctors in the HMO vs. the doctors in the PPO, the cost of copays at the time treatment is needed, what the coverage for precscriptions will be, etc. The way to... Read more »

new drug from india

dear carol, nice enough for me you responded so fast. adherence is really the mainstay for treatment , no doubt. our pediatrician also stressed on this point while teaching pediatric AIDS and its treatment. but u will be surprized to know...
Carol Salisbury, APRN-BC, MSN

Response from Carol Salisbury, APRN-BC, MSN

Michigan State University College of Nursing
...for the information and I will post your email so that others will also be informed of this new drug. I understand cost of HIV drugs is very prohibitive. Even in our country there are cases where the co-payment is too high or there are lapses... Read more »

Cheap Drugs

Dear Docs, Is there any way some one, who can not afford drugs here, can buy drugs from India(CIPLA), or some other country which produce cheap drugs, or where drugs are very cheap?
Anne Donnelly

Response from Anne Donnelly

Public Policy Director, Project Inform
...mechanisms for purchasing drugs from other countries.However, there are often programs available to help you access prescription drugs for HIV disease if you can't afford them. These programs can vary state by state and typically depend on how... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Canadian Senator Proposes Process to Expedite Export of Low-Cost Drugs for HIV, Other Diseases

...was amended to create exemptions to intellectual property rules, thereby allowing generic drug manufacturers to produce low-cost drugs for diseases in developing countries. Since 2004, only one shipment of drugs has been exported by the... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Canada Should Pass Bill That Would Expedite Export of Low-Cost Drugs for HIV, Other Diseases, Opinion Piece Says

"For many years, countries such as Canada have avoided the uncomfortable truth that millions are dying in the developing world due partly to legal barriers that render access to medicines unaffordable," Michael Geist, chair of Internet and... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Weekly Cycles of Once-Daily Anti-HIV Drugs Could Reduce Cost of HIV Treatment

...Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of NIH. "By using half as much antiretroviral medication, drug costs are reduced and drug-related toxicities may be less in the long run." He adds, "The 7-7 approach may have... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

India Nearly Doubles Treatment Centers Offering HIV/AIDS Drugs at No Cost, Official Says

India has nearly doubled the number of government health facilities offering antiretroviral drugs at no cost to HIV-positive people as part of a campaign to increase access to HIV/AIDS treatment, Sujatha Rao, head of India's National AIDS Control... Read more »
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Just started ARV - Insurance, Drug costs, expenses

Posted by ajhope, 1 Reply
I live in Thailand and found out I am HIV+ a little over a month ago. My CD4 count was 251 and VL 29,000 - I started ARV 2 weeks ago with the following regiments: Nevirapine 200 mg - once a day Lamivudine 150 mg - twice a day Stavudine 30 mg -... Read more »

cost of hiv

Posted by hopefulone, 8 Replies
curious...what is the cost of hiv in terms of medical treatment...i am not currently on medicine and am curious what the disease costs some of you guys on an annual basis....thanks Read more »

HIV-Specific Medications AT COST - a new service

Posted by CanDoMeds, 1 Reply
To The Body Forum users, Please allow me to introduce a new public service that my company is offering to HIV-positive patients. My business partner, Dr. Mark Galea, and I have decided to create a special program for certain medical populations,... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Please help me to help my son! He is HIV+ and has not been able to take meds for the past 3 yrs. He lives in GA where there is no assistance to those making more than about $30,000/yr and he has no health insurance. He tells me that now he is... Read more »
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