26
Nov
08

NEWS: Indonesian AIDS patients face microchip monitoring

Found this one while surfing.  Will this technology hit the states?  Thanks to Jesus Christology for the news tip.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Lawmakers in Indonesia’s remote province of Papua have thrown their support behind a controversial bill requiring some HIV/AIDS patients to be implanted with microchips — part of extreme efforts to monitor the disease.

Local health workers and AIDS activists called the plan “abhorrent.”

“People with AIDS aren’t animals; we have to respect their rights,” said Tahi Ganyang Butarbutar, a prominent Papuan activist.

But legislator John Manangsang said by implanting small computer chips beneath the skin of “sexually aggressive” patients, authorities would be in a better position to identify, track and ultimately punish those who deliberately infect others with up to six months in jail or a $5,000 fine.

The technical and practical details still need to be hammered out, but if the proposed legislation gets a majority vote as expected, it will be enacted next month, he and others said.

Click HERE for more of the story . . .

14
Nov
08

HEALTH CARE NEWS:

This story may not explicitly refer to HIV patients, but imagine getting dropped by your insurance comany because your medical bills increased at a rate you were unable to pay. 

 

FIERCE HEALTHCARE – – –

Two of the state of California’s largest health plans have agreed to pay a combined total of $13 million in fines related to their practice of rescinding policies for members after those members became sick. The fines are the largest yet imposed by the state Department of Managed Health Care, which has been focused of late on stopping health plans from reviewing patient applications and canceling policies after the patient begins incurring large medical bills. In addition to the fines, the agreements will require the two plans, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, to offer new coverage to more than 2,200 beneficiaries. However, the two are not admitting any wrongdoing.

CLICK HERE for more of this story . . .

14
Nov
08

Obama’s HIV Plans

Now that the election is over, if you’re wondering what Obama’s HIV plan is you can access this link.  Comment once you’ve reviewed the entire plan.  Click here for source of chart.

aidschart

13
Nov
08

ARTICLE: Costs of Common HIV Meds

 

It’s no secret, HIV medicines are very expensive. For most, insurances, drug assistance programs, or community resources pay most of the cost. But what about those who are not so fortunate. While we all know HIV medications are very costly, not taking them can be even more costly. Have you ever wondered what those HIV medications you are taking cost each month? The following table will give you an idea just how pricey HIV medications can be.

 

COST PER MONTH (estimates) – Medication Fact Sheets
Agenerase $772
Aptivus $1117.50
Combivir – Buy Here For Less $752.64
Crixivan $570.96
Emtriva $347.11
Epivir 300mg $347.11
Epzicom $813.55
Fortovase $263.35
Fuzeon $2315.40
Hivid $273.00
Invirase $748.50
Kaletra $796.26
Lexiva $658.99
Norvir $321.46
Rescriptor $316.35
Retrovir $405.59
Reyataz $892.91
Sustiva 600mg $499.43
Trizivir $1164.35
Truvada $867.99
Videx EC 400mg $346.04
Viramune $442.45
Zerit $385.88
Ziagen $466.44

 

Click HERE for source article

13
Nov
08

NEWS ALERT: More countries make spreading HIV a crime

Family,

There are increasing legal ramifications for knowingly spreading HIV.  Read the report below.

 

 

 

LONDON – An increasing number of countries worldwide are making spreading HIV a crime, according to a new report from the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

News link

23
Sep
08

Interesting report on condoms

Hello Everyone,

Has it been three months since my last post?  It’s been too long.  There is lots to share.  Check out the following article on condoms.  I welcome your comments.  NOTE:  Please review this article in context as well as the entire website.

http://www.medinstitute.org/content.php?name=FactsAboutCondoms

24
Jun
08

NEWS ALERT: New York City STI Clinics Stop Use of Oral Fluid With HIV Tests Because of Rate of False Positives

New York City sexually transmitted infection clinics have stopped using oral fluid with OraSure Technologies‘ OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV 1/2 Antibody Test because of an increased rate of false positives, Bloomberg reports. According to city health officials, the rate of false positives from the test rose as high as 1.1% — or about five times higher than the kit’s label claims — over the past eight months (Lauerman, Bloomberg, 6/16). In a statement, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said its STI clinics have switched to OraSure’s OraQuick ADVANCE Rapid HIV Test that screens blood (Health department release, 6/18

 

For more information, contact this link.




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