The Ongoing Fear of HIV Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic
Blog Introduction: In a time where the world is focused on finding effective treatments for Covid-19, there is still an ongoing fear among those living in poverty for contracting HIV/AIDS. With limited access to resources, many are at risk of not only contracting the virus but also not being able to receive the care they need to treat it. Let’s take a look at why this fear is so prevalent and what can be done to help those in need.
The Risk of Unaffordable Treatment
One of the greatest fears among those living in poverty and facing the threat of HIV/AIDS is having access to affordable treatment. The cost of antiviral medication needed to treat HIV/AIDS can range anywhere from $2,000 – $6,000 per year per person—a large sum that most people living in poverty would be unable to afford without assistance. Unfortunately, even with government subsidies or health insurance coverage, many are still unable to pay for these costs out-of-pocket and must seek other forms of assistance.
The Need for Mental Health Services
In addition to the financial burden associated with treating HIV/AIDS, mental health services are also essential for individuals who are seeking care. Those living with HIV/AIDS often face discrimination due to their diagnosis which can lead to a host of other issues such as depression and anxiety. Fortunately, there are organizations like PositivelyU that provide free mental health services for those affected by HIV/AIDS so that everyone has access to the proper care they need.
The Importance of Education & Awareness
Ultimately, one way we can help alleviate this fear amongst those living in poverty is through education and awareness about preventative measures as well as available resources. While it’s true that some people may not have access to affordable treatment or mental health services, having knowledge about how they can protect themselves from contracting or spreading the virus is an important step towards creating a healthier society overall.
Living with HIV/AIDS can be difficult enough without having additional worries about being able to afford treatment and find mental health support when needed. It’s important that we continue raising awareness about preventative measures while making sure that affordable resources are available for all who require them so that no one has to live in fear during this pandemic—or any other pandemic going forward. By working together as a society we can create meaningful change and ensure everyone has access to quality healthcare regardless of financial status or background.