How much does HIV care cost?

People with health insurance can usually get their care through private doctors, clinics, or hospitals. For people without health insurance, the Bucks County Department of Health (as well as any other Health Department in Pennsylvania) provides CD4 and viral load testing for free. Additionally, each state has their own AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) to cover HIV medications for uninsured HIV-positive individuals; the Pennsylvania ADAP is called Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program (SPBP). Also, there are a variety of funds that cover visits to see an Infectious Disease (ID) doctor as well as other social support services (see Local HIV/AIDS Resources).

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1. What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?
2. What is an Opportunistic Infection (OI)?
3. Where did HIV come from?
4. How is someone infected with HIV?
5. Can I get HIV from casual contact with someone who is infected?
6. How can someone reduce the risk of being infected with HIV?
7. How does someone know if they are infected with HIV?
8. What are the symptoms of HIV infection?
9. Is there a cure for HIV?
10. Does everyone who has HIV eventually develop AIDS?
11. Where should someone begin if they want to get HIV care?
12. When should someone start taking HIV treatment?
13. How much does HIV care cost?
14. If someone is diagnosed with AIDS, does that mean they will die soon?
15. If someone is HIV positive, what else can they do to stay healthy?