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Offline JosephP

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Surviving!!
« on: September 21, 2019, 11:46:21 am »
 :) :) :) Today, September 21 six years ago I began the ARV treatment! And here I am, thankful for the extra time on this earth. 2191 pills I have taken at a cost of US$273,000! Thank God for insurance! Thank you to everyone here, in these forums, that one way or another have made my ride with HIV a lot easier!! Hope to stay around for a lot more time!!  ;D ;D ;D
Today January 20, 2020, I have taken 2378 pills of my ARV since first pill. This means 79 bottles of 30 pills of ARVs at an average of $3950 per bottle or $313,103 USD for my treatment. I have a compliance of 99.83% taking my meds and only .17% (or 4 pills) non-compliant. Of these four pills two I forgot completely, One I lost and one I didn't have with me while traveling! I became UD 3 months after treatment start   ***We are all dealing with this. And we will live long and productive lives!! AND, yes the Lord is my shepherd. Life is good... And thanks for the meds! ***

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Re: Surviving!!
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2019, 12:38:41 pm »
Nice post, thanks for sharing!
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Offline Delby

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Re: Surviving!!
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2019, 08:38:26 am »
Well done Joseph...keep going and great to here you're doing well!

Offline Expat1

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Re: Surviving!!
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2019, 12:18:28 pm »
Wow.  I live in Thailand and self fund my arv meds.  Six years of medicine for me and my partner cost $7200.    (Him on generic Atripla and me on Generic Truvada and Brand name Edurant). 

Offline Loa111

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Re: Surviving!!
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2019, 06:24:14 am »
Well done!
I'm curious... what happens in the USA if a person has no health insurance and they need ARV treatment?

Say if someone has an ok job (so they cannot claim poverty)  but just did not buy health insurance and they cannot afford the ARV treatment?

We are very lucky in my country (like a lot of EU countries) with the treatment being free.

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Re: Surviving!!
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2019, 07:18:56 am »
what happens in the USA if a person has no health insurance and they need ARV treatment?
in many states if a person is at 300% of poverty, they can get assistance through the Ryan White Care Act which provides funding for meds and treatment. If someone earns more than that, chances are pretty high that they have insurance benefits through their company. Otherwise people use patient assistance programs to get meds. Unfortunately, having to pay for medical expenses out-of-pocket bankrupts quite a number of HIV positive and HIV negative citizens. Although bankruptcy for an HIV+ person might make them homeless, that poverty will make them eligible for Ryan White assistance.

with the treatment being free.
really no one gets "free" healthcare. You're just not having to pay for it with each use. Your healthcare is subsidized through your government by your taxes. You and everyone around you is paying for your healthcare and you are paying for their healthcare. ;)
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Offline JosephP

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Re: Surviving!!
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2019, 10:02:02 pm »
Well done!
I'm curious... what happens in the USA if a person has no health insurance and they need ARV treatment?

Say if someone has an ok job (so they cannot claim poverty)  but just did not buy health insurance and they cannot afford the ARV treatment?

We are very lucky in my country (like a lot of EU countries) with the treatment being free.

Well.... That is a problem, and a major one. There are organizations that help fund the meds if you can prove need.
Today January 20, 2020, I have taken 2378 pills of my ARV since first pill. This means 79 bottles of 30 pills of ARVs at an average of $3950 per bottle or $313,103 USD for my treatment. I have a compliance of 99.83% taking my meds and only .17% (or 4 pills) non-compliant. Of these four pills two I forgot completely, One I lost and one I didn't have with me while traveling! I became UD 3 months after treatment start   ***We are all dealing with this. And we will live long and productive lives!! AND, yes the Lord is my shepherd. Life is good... And thanks for the meds! ***

Offline JosephP

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Re: Surviving!!
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2019, 10:03:46 pm »
Nice post, thanks for sharing!

Thank you! Hopefully I will be sharing for a lot longer!
Today January 20, 2020, I have taken 2378 pills of my ARV since first pill. This means 79 bottles of 30 pills of ARVs at an average of $3950 per bottle or $313,103 USD for my treatment. I have a compliance of 99.83% taking my meds and only .17% (or 4 pills) non-compliant. Of these four pills two I forgot completely, One I lost and one I didn't have with me while traveling! I became UD 3 months after treatment start   ***We are all dealing with this. And we will live long and productive lives!! AND, yes the Lord is my shepherd. Life is good... And thanks for the meds! ***

Offline JosephP

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Re: Surviving!!
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2019, 10:04:14 pm »
Well done Joseph...keep going and great to here you're doing well!

Thank you!
Today January 20, 2020, I have taken 2378 pills of my ARV since first pill. This means 79 bottles of 30 pills of ARVs at an average of $3950 per bottle or $313,103 USD for my treatment. I have a compliance of 99.83% taking my meds and only .17% (or 4 pills) non-compliant. Of these four pills two I forgot completely, One I lost and one I didn't have with me while traveling! I became UD 3 months after treatment start   ***We are all dealing with this. And we will live long and productive lives!! AND, yes the Lord is my shepherd. Life is good... And thanks for the meds! ***

Offline JosephP

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Re: Surviving!!
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2019, 10:05:25 pm »
Wow.  I live in Thailand and self fund my arv meds.  Six years of medicine for me and my partner cost $7200.    (Him on generic Atripla and me on Generic Truvada and Brand name Edurant).

What a difference in cost! As I stated, some of us are lucky we have insurance!
Today January 20, 2020, I have taken 2378 pills of my ARV since first pill. This means 79 bottles of 30 pills of ARVs at an average of $3950 per bottle or $313,103 USD for my treatment. I have a compliance of 99.83% taking my meds and only .17% (or 4 pills) non-compliant. Of these four pills two I forgot completely, One I lost and one I didn't have with me while traveling! I became UD 3 months after treatment start   ***We are all dealing with this. And we will live long and productive lives!! AND, yes the Lord is my shepherd. Life is good... And thanks for the meds! ***

Offline fabio

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Re: Surviving!!
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2019, 04:59:10 pm »
Surviving and thriving! Congratulstions!
Things will only get better with time. I wish you the best 😊.

 


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