Obamacare: Not So Affordable for People With HIV and Hep C
A myriad of insurers across the country have designed Affordable Care Act plans that leave out the “affordable” angle and leave those with chronic health conditions with prohibitively expensive out-of-pocket costs, as well as restricted medication and health provider options. Many people with HIV or HCV will hit their maximum out-of-pocket cap within the first few months of their insurance plan’s policy year, a figure that can climb as high as $6,350.
Russia is home to the world’s fastest-growing HIV epidemic. Driven by injection drug use, it is now becoming generalized. If you are a person who injects drugs in Russia, you likely have HIV, hepatitis C, and more often than not, tuberculosis.
Although the Russian constitution grants the right to free access to health services in government facilities, it does not provide effective care to those who have these multiple infections. And it bans opioid substitution therapy—the gold standard for opioid dependance treatment.
How the ACA Builds Barriers to HIV, Hep C Treatment
Discriminatory practices by insurers, high drug prices from pharmaceutical companies and no clear federal guidelines for co-payments are to blame for those consistently costly plans under the Affordable Care Act.
What Does This “Government Shutdown” Mean for HIV/AIDS Drugs?
Turns out it’s not so good. With Congress locked in a critical battle over fiscal talks, the looming threat of a government shutdown on October 1 (tomorrow!) may spell potential delays in FDA approvals of new drugs, such as Viiv’s Tivicay and Epzicom as well as the Hep C pharma field.
Treatment News: Women Spontaneously Clear Hep C Better Than Men
Spontaneous clearance of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV)—when viral levels drop to undetectable without drug treatment during the early phase of infection—is twice as likely to occur in women than in men.
David Kwiatkowski stole painkiller syringes and injected himself with them, which tainted them with hep C. He then filled them with saline and put them back for medical use.
National Hepatitis Awareness Month 2013
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis B or hepatitis C and more than 15,000 die each year from liver cancer or diseases associated with the infections. Most do not know they have the virus.
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The Hepatitis C Drug Pipeline Report: A Groundswell to Become a Sea Change
Frantic competition between the major pharmaceutical players has accelerated progress to a breakneck speed. Scientists are charged with excitement over the promise of a new paradigm in hep C treatment: Simplified, all-oral, interferon-free therapies with high cure rates for broad swaths of the hep C population.
Herbology v. hepatitis
POZ Blogger, Mike Barr tries out Chinese herbal formulas for liver health in his most recent post.