Please see the following important story on how the Affordable Care Act impacts those with pre-existing health conditions including HIV/AIDS.
As written by the staff at POZ: The premise is that some young homeless men–desperate for shelter and food–intentionally get HIV to develop AIDS so they can qualify for government assistance.
This cruel paradox — having to get really sick in order to enjoy a better, more comfortable life — has not gone unnoticed. “I have experienced people [who are] grateful that they have HIV,” says Sage Rivera, a research associate at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who has worked with hundreds of LGBT youth. “It’s sort of like a sigh of relief or an extra boost,” he says. “There are a whole bunch of different names for HIV within the [LGBT] community: ‘the monster,’ ‘the kitty,’ ‘the scratch,’ ‘the gift that keeps on giving.’ So people say, ‘I have the kitty — so now I can get my place. Now I can get hooked up; I can get my food stamps, I can get this, I can get that.’
Read more about this attention-grabbing headline by Out magazine.
This is something we talk about all the time when we have workshops with the Latina/Hispanic women of our community! It doesn’t just happen in Mexico but it’s happening here in the US too! It’s not new information but certainly can be something that we become more comfortable talking about and a topic we can bring more awareness to.
Posted by Natasha Hakimi: Selfish, misogynist and uninformed acts have led to many women contracting HIV from their husbands and then being forced to live with the social stigma accompanied with a disease viewed as a result of sexual deviance. On top of this, sexual education campaigns are thwarted due to discrimination and conservatism prevalent in rural Mexico, areas that suffers the most from this combination of machismo and vulnerability to viruses.
Read the article here
There’s a new report out by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which shows that people aged 12 to 49 who had used prescription pain relievers nonmedically were 19 times more likely to have initiated heroin use recently (within the past 12 months of being interviewed) than others in that age group (0.39 percent versus 0.02 percent). The report also shows that four out of five recent heroin initiates (79.5 percent) had previously used prescription pain relievers nonmedically. Please see the entire news release here.
Please see this important article on National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.
This is what happened in a Dental Clinic this year in the United States. CLICK HERE to read about patients who where exposed to HIV and Hepatitis by their Dentist.
GREAT STORY BY POZ!
Older and Wiser, 3 longtime survivors with HIV share their stories.
Check out the video you aren’t able to see if you read this months magazine front cover of POZ.
Currently, fewer than one in five (17%) people living with HIV has private insurance and nearly 30% do not have any coverage. Medicaid, the Federal-state program that provides health care benefits to people with low incomes and those living with disabilities, is a major source of coverage for people living with HIV/AIDS, as is Medicare, the Federal program for seniors and people with disabilities. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is another key source of funding for health and social services for this population.
Read the article The Affordable Care Act Helps People Living with HIV/AIDS by the CDC.
Socioeconomic status (SES) is often measured as a combination of education, income and occupation.
SES impacts the Lives of People with HIV/AIDS
HIV status Affects SES
SES affects Treatment
SES affects HIV Treatment
Click here to read article.
Has it ever happened that your medication has been left with the neighbor, on your porch or they took it back to the pharmacy and now you’re left without your meds for the day? What if this wasn’t your choice, what if you are happy going to your local pharmacy but somehow you’ve been convinced that the best for you or your loved one is having your meds delivered?
Complaints about mail-order pharmacies aren’t new, but they are under greater scrutiny recently because health plans increasingly are mandating them for members with serious health conditions, rather than offering them as an option.
“People need to access the pharmacy services that work for them. For some, mail order is just fine,” says Kirsten Balano, PharmD, an assistant clinical professor at the University of California at San Francisco’s School of Pharmacy who works in the HIV program at a federally qualified health center in Santa Rosa, California. “What I’m advocating for is choice.”
Read more about September’s POZ article, Mandating Mail-Order Pharmacies clicking here.