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30 January 2015

US health insurers discriminate with high ARV prices

A study that looked at health insurance plans under the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the United States has found that people living with HIV (PLHIV) on some plans are paying on average $3000 more than PLHIV on other plans. The findings have sparked concerns that these insurance providers are pricing antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) in the highest bracket within their plans – in what has been called ‘adverse tiering’ – to discourage PLHIV taking up policies.

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16 January 2015

Mental health problems increase risk of HIV in men having sex with men

Researchers have found that men who have sex with men (MSM) suffering from five specific mental health conditions, including depression, alcohol abuse, stimulant use, multi drug abuse and childhood sexual abuse, all lead to increased sexual risk behaviour and HIV infection. Until recent nothing was known about these mental health factors predicting HIV risk behaviours or becoming infected with HIV.

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