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Hepatitis and HIV / AIDS Testing, Vaccines and Treatments . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 9 October 2017

  • HEALTH INSURANCE: HEPATITIS AND HIV
    • Insurance Testing Costs
  • HEPATITIS
    • Vaccines
    • Testing
    • Treatments
  • HIV / AIDS
    • Vaccines
    • Testing
    • California Laws about Doctors Reporting HIV Incidence and AIDS Patients’ Names
    • Home Testing
    • Treatments
      • Prognosis for Infants and Young Children
    • Importance of Keeping Young Children Alive, in Case Some Have Genes That Are More Immune
    • On Development of Disease Resistance in a Population During the Course of a Pandemic
    • Suggestion to Establish AIDS Babies Foster Care Programs
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Dear Ones,

I have been looking into hepatitis and HIV, which I feel are currently under-tested and underdiagnosed, both among our transient community and among our community at large, including newborns, preschoolers, and elementary school children.

HEALTH INSURANCE: HEPATITIS AND HIV

It looks like Medicare and Medicaid may or may not cover the needed tests and treatments, depending on what coverages you have, and what state you live in.

It looks like undocumented immigrants aren’t covered …  See https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/outreach-and-enrollment/downloads/overview-of-eligibility-for-non-citizens-in-medicaid-and-chip.pdf   …

Insurance Testing Costs

I recently had an annual blood test done, and it came back from the testing laboratory (which is the major supplier of test results in the Los Angeles area) with a $980 price tag, apparently because it had not passed through my typical health insurance hurtles. Surely we must find a more reasonably priced source of laboratory testing than this.

There was also an unexpected, but much more reasonable, charge from my doctor’s office for treatment.

Henceforth I will ask about the cost before getting tests or treatments at a doctor’s office, so as not to be taken by surprise after the fact.

HEPATITIS

Vaccines

It looks like hepatitis A and B vaccines are available, and recommended.

I read that there is no vaccine for hepatitis C, but testing is recommended for people born between 1945 and 1965, and there is a treatment. See http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4075.pdf

Testing

Blood tests are available.

Treatments

For hepatitis A, treatment consists of bed rest, abstinence from alcohol, and medications for symptomatic relief.

Drugs are used to treat hepatitis B and C. If there is liver failure, then liver transplants are suggested, so I expect early detection and treatment might be important.

HIV / AIDS

Vaccines

Apparently, currently no vaccine has been proven effective against HIV: See Link: “HIV Vaccine” in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV_vaccine ..

Testing 

It looks like annual tests for HIV are recommended. It may be difficult to convince your doctor’s office to test you for HIV, if they feel you are not at high risk, according to the criteria provided to them.

I recently had the experience of summoning up the courage to ask my doctor’s office to test me for HIV; then the doctor’s office said they had done so. I later called, and the office said I had negative test results … meaning I had not been exposed to HIV.

Then I got the test results from the lab, sent to me as a separate bill by mistake, and it looked like I had not been tested for HIV after all.

Then I called the doctor’s office, and they reversed their position; the new answer was that I had not been tested after all.

My thought on this is that doctors may be dealing with the social stigma of HIV / AIDS testing, just as are the rest of us. In this case, it could be that my doctor decided I didn’t need the test, and that a little white lie would suffice.

California Laws about Doctors Reporting HIV Incidence and AIDS Patients’ Names

I’ve read, in a 2003 document, that California doctors were being required to report positive HIV diagnoses to the California Department of Health (but not the name of the positive person). I also read that, at that time, doctors with patients diagnosed with AIDS were required to report their patients’ names to the California Department of Health. (1)

I feel this law about reporting a patient’s name to the California Department of Health had to do with social stigma about AIDS being a disease of M2M men, intravenous drug users, and sex workers. That incidence among youth and women is low, may have to do with their being overlooked in testing because of risk factor indicators. The military may also be more at risk than it was previously thought to be.

That social attitudes towards this illness are becoming more understanding is evidenced by a new California law to go into effect 1 January 2018, reducing the offense of a HIV-positive person having sex with someone without telling them from a felony to a misdemeanor.

If the name reporting law is still true, it may be one reason why doctors are slow to test for HIV or AIDS at their patients’ request.

Home Testing

If testing is not covered by your insurance, or if you aren’t able to convince your doctor to test you, then reasonably priced test kits may be bought at Rite Aid or CVS.

The saliva test, I’ve read, is only 90% effective, and one must wait a month after possible exposure before testing. However, if you pay for it in cash, out of concern for the social stigma of so much as taking such a test, and if you pick a pharmacy far from your home, or get someone else to purchase it for you, then you may be at less risk of exposure to social stigma through loss of anonymity.

The blood test is more expensive and said to be more accurate; it must be sent off to a lab for the results, and so, unless you send the test under someone else’s name to the lab, there woiuld be greater risk of loss of anonymity.

Treatments

For those diagnosed with HIV, I have read that ongoing traditional medical treatments, even while asymptomatic, increases life expectancy. (2)  The difficulty is, these treatments may or may not be covered by your health insurance.

Prognosis for Infants and Young Children. Further, the prognosis for infants and young children who contract HIV apparently is less optimistic than that for adults who contract it. Despite this, I feel that we must do all that we can to preserve the good health of our children who have had the misfortune of being exposed to the HIV virus.

Importance of Keeping Young Children Alive, in Case Some Have Genes That Are More Immune

I’ve read that, here and there in the world recently, there have been suggestions, or even policies, of euthanizing AIDS babies. This type of policy must surely be based on the short-term goal of cost cutting, more than on the welfare of these children, who, I feel, deserve to live out their lives, no matter how short. That human life is very precious is one of my core beliefs.

On Development of Disease Resistance in a Population During the Course of a Pandemic.

From the standpoint of humankind as a whole, and looking to our future: There are bound to be some AIDS babies who are immune, as with any pandemic, and these children will be our hope for the future, if they are not euthanized, but instead provided with the best possible health care. (3)

During the influenza epidemic of the early 1900s, for instance, many Americans of all ages died of the flu, but those who survived had greater immunity. Thus today, very few people, except for the very young and the very old, are likely to die of the flu.

In the same way, in future days, we will no doubt be a nation with far greater immunity to hepatitis A, B, and C, and to HIV / AIDS.

Suggestion to Establish AIDS Babies Foster Care Programs

Sometimes moms of AIDS babies are unable or unwilling to care for them. In that case, I wonder if maybe a few children could be placed with foster parents … maybe even HIV positive foster parents? … who might receive a financial supplement for their care.

If there are states or counties that are unable or unwilling to set up foster care programs for these children, then I wonder if other states or counties might be willing to undertake their care. Perhaps a non-profit such as the Red Cross might be willing to set up such an interstate care program, for these very vulnerable children?

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

For a complete list of my blogs and compendiums on HIV / AIDS see … Link: “Compendium: HIV / AIDS Pandemic,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 2 March 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-bPl ..

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FOOTNOTES

(1) See Link: “HIV / AIDS Discrimination: Are You Breaking the Law?” …  http://ens.lacity.org/dod/indexpage/dodindexpage169423897_10062004.pdf ..

(2) See Link: “Early HIV treatment hailed even for asymptomatic patients: Evidence previously indicated an increased risk of cardiovascular and renal disease,” Thomson Reuters Posted: Jul 21, 2015 11:01 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 21, 2015 11:24 AM ET … http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/early-hiv-treatment-hailed-even-for-asymptomatic-patients-1.3161686 ..

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The HIV / AIDS Pandemic and the American Workforce . by Alice B. Clagett *

Published on 8 October 2016; revised

  • SUPPRESSION OF 2014 HIV INCIDENCE DATA BY THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL
  • THE DUTY THAT GOVERNMENT HAS TO MAKE THIS HEALTH RISK CLEAR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
  • HOW TO GET HIV HOME TESTS, AND WHICH TEST LOOKS MORE PROMISING
    • OraQuick HIV Home Test
    • Home Access Express HIV-1 Test System
  • ON MAKING CONFIDENTIAL HIV TESTING AVAILABLE AT OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS, AND HIGH SCHOOLS
  • ON FACILITATING THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN HIV-RESISTANT GENE POOL WORLDWIDE
  • ANTICIPATED DOWNTIME FOR OUR WORKFORCE AS A RESULT OF THE PANDEMIC
  • A SHORT-TERM STRATEGY FOR PRESERVING OUR WORKFORCE: ALLOWING OUR CHILDREN TO BEAR CHILDREN AT AN EARLY AGE; A RETURN TO CHASTITY AS A PRACTICAL IDEAL
    • Proposals
  • LONG-TERM STRATEGY FOR PRESERVING OUR WORKFORCE: HOSPITAL AND LONG-TERM CARE FOR AIDS BABIES; GRASSROOTS ALTERNATIVE MEDICAL CARE
    • Proposals
  • ON THE CHANCE OF AIDS BABIES TO SURVIVE
  • ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AS THE PANDEMIC PROGRESSES
  • A CALL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: LET US MEET THIS CHALLENGE WITH FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY TOWARD THOSE IN NEED

Dear Ones,

SUPPRESSION OF 2014 HIV INCIDENCE DATA BY THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL

As you may know, nearly all of the United States county-by-county data on HIV incidence were suppressed in the 2014 United States Centers for Disease Control HIV report. (1) The likely reason is that HIV incidence is on the rise in the United States, and disclosure of this rise in incidence has been concealed because it causes political inconvenience, particularly in a presidential election year.

THE DUTY THAT GOVERNMENT HAS TO MAKE THIS HEALTH RISK CLEAR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

My first thought on this is, that those we vote into office have no right to conceal the truth from the American people, in the name of political expediency. When the fate of our children, and our children’s children is in the balance, it is the duty of our political representatives to tell us, their constituency, what lies before us as a people, so that we may be prepared for the future.

If these data are being suppressed because our government has not the means to treat the HIV pandemic, and feels despair in that regard, then we, the people, must make the necessary grassroots preparations, through our schools, our places of work, our churches, and our civic organizations, to come together in community and deal with what lies before us in the best possible way.

In order for this to happen, it is crucial that our government reveal to us what is currently known about HIV incidence in the United States. As Franklin D. Roosevelt, speaking to the challenge then faced by America, said in his inaugural address:

“This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory….” (2)

HOW TO GET HIV HOME TESTS, AND WHICH TEST LOOKS MORE PROMISING

I observe that the Obama administration has made the OraQuick HIV Home Test available for about $40 through the Rite-Aid Pharmacies, Walgreens, and CVS Pharmacy. (3) This test has 99% accuracy, but only if used 3 months after a risk event … though very reasonably priced, this test is, I feel, not as timely as the test described below:

The Home Access Express HIV-1 Test System (about $60) is available through Amazon.com … https://www.amazon.com/ … search by the name of the product.  This test is 99.9% accurate … as accurate as the test at a doctor’s office, and, I feel, the better choice.

Here is a question: Why would these products be now available over the counter? Is their availability not proof that there has been a rise in HIV incidence in the United States … an increase concerning enough to propel the Obama administration to provide these products over-the-counter without the need for a visit to a doctor’s office?

ON MAKING CONFIDENTIAL HIV TESTING AVAILABLE AT OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS, AND HIGH SCHOOLS

My feeling is, that as many as 40% of our youth may find themselves to be infected with the HIV virus by graduation from high school. I feel the infection may be taking place as early as elementary school level.

Proposal. The proof of this assertion … as well as its disproval … lies in our making free, voluntary, confidential HIV tests available to the students in our elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools.

Knowing how many of our children are infected is very important to our children and their parents, and it’s also important to our schools, which may, in time, assume a leadership role in preserving the good health of our children, whether they be infected or not infected.

ON FACILITATING THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN HIV-RESISTANT GENE POOL WORLDWIDE

The HIV epidemic will eventually and inevitably sweep through the entire population of the United States, as it will in other countries.

The hope for continuation of our human population on planet Earth lies in those of our children who have a natural genetic resistance to the HIV virus. Their resistance must be such that they can survive, even though they have the virus, long enough to have children of their own. In this way, the resistant populations of children worldwide will eventuate an HIV-resistant global gene pool. In this lies the salvation and perpetuation of the human race on Earth.

How may this positive outcome be facilitated?

ANTICIPATED DOWNTIME FOR OUR WORKFORCE AS A RESULT OF THE PANDEMIC

One of the greatest concerns, in the short term, for our nation as for all the world’s nations during these trying times, is the preservation of a sufficiently large able-bodied workforce to transition through this challenging time; sufficient man-hours (and woman-hours) must be available to allow us to continue providing our people with foodstuffs, heat, materials for construction of homes and businesses, and other staples.

Among those of our workers who now have the HIV infection, greater downtime must be anticipated. Their work schedules must be compassionately devised so as to take into account their need to keep their immune systems strong, and their need to take time off when they aren’t feeling well.

This anticipated increase in sick-leave and wellness leave among our HIV infected workers points out a need to provide for additional workers. Where will this HIV-free workforce come from?

A SHORT-TERM STRATEGY FOR PRESERVING OUR WORKFORCE: ALLOWING OUR CHILDREN TO BEAR CHILDREN AT AN EARLY AGE; A RETURN TO CHASTITY AS A PRACTICAL IDEAL

In the short term, when our children reach puberty and before they are infected with the HIV virus, let us allow them to bear HIV-free children, rather than forcing them to abort these our grandchildren out of financial considerations.

Let the greater family unit assist in the rearing of these babies, who will may add to the HIV-free workforce, thus bolstering the manpower gap caused by downtime among workers infected with HIV.

A further consideration is for parents to explain the facts of the HIV pandemic, the effect infection would have on their lifespan, and the advantages of chastity among our young couples who give birth at an early age. This will help them stay clear of HIV infection.

HIV infection among our children is a difficult thing to avoid, considering the tendency of mass media and virtual devices to proffer profligacy as a preferential lifestyle. If they do get the infection, there are guidelines to help them not pass on the infection to their children … see (4).

Proposals. In general, the strategy I propose to preserve our workforce is to allow our children to bear children young, to educate them as to the dangers posed by the HIV pandemic, and to help promote the ideals of practical chastity among our young.

Further, if we allow them to get confidential HIV tests at their schools, then they will be aware of prospective health problems for the children they are bearing as well as for themselves.

LONG-TERM STRATEGY FOR PRESERVING OUR WORKFORCE: HOSPITAL AND LONG-TERM CARE FOR AIDS BABIES; GRASSROOTS ALTERNATIVE MEDICAL CARE

My feeling is, that more and more AIDS babies are being born. It could be that the statistics are not yet ‘out there’ because there is a cover-up going on, or it could be that hospitals have not yet put two and two together … They may not be testing all infants for AIDS, or they may be testing them, finding a greater incidence, and thinking that their city or town is just a particularly unlucky vicinity, as far as the HIV virus is concerned.

At present, the inevitability of the pandemic is simply not being put forth, and so, AIDS babies are often left at hospitals for adoption. As there is a great stigma attached to the virus, AIDS babies are less likely to be adopted than are healthy babies. It is also possible that some hospitals, whose have no clear understanding of the importance of keeping these babies alive, are euthanizing these infants or else allowing unfit couples to adopt them.

This notwithstanding, the long-term salvation of our people lies in preserving the lives of these AIDS babies. All the babies born in America will eventually be AIDS babies. From this gene pool will come the children who have sufficient resistance to the virus to carry on reproduction of our species. And so, long-term, we must do our very best to keep them alive.

Proposals. One possibility, as their numbers increase, might be the establishment of community orphanages, either through schools or through churches and civic organizations. These orphanages might be staffed by HIV-positive caregivers, possibly even parents who have lost their own children to the disease. I could see a Federal government subsidy for these orphanages as a natural likelihood.

Let us arrange, insofar as possible, for sufficient Western medicines for the virus to be provided through Obama care. For those not eligible for Obama care, let adequate provision of Western medicines be made. In the Western medicines should at some point become scarce, let us look into the efficacy of low-cost alternative medical care.

ON THE CHANCE OF AIDS BABIES TO SURVIVE

Infants in the womb can be infected with HIV through the mother’s blood, but this is less likely to happen if the mother is on HIV medications. Whether the baby has HIV won’t be known for sure till it is about 3 months old; this determination takes place after various tests are administered.

Babies who are infected with HIV and who do not receive medical treatment generally live less than 3 years. Babies who receive medical treatment can live many years. (5)

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AS THE PANDEMIC PROGRESSES

Transportation, postal services, and telecommunication may be come more localized.

Electric supply may become intermittent … available, say, 4 hours a day, or only at hospital operating rooms and other important locations, such as law enforcement, for instance. This is not a great catastrophe; rather, it is more like the current situation in undeveloped nations.

Medical care may become less available, and promising alternative healing modalities should be sought out at the grassroots level now, while time avails.

It is likely that children will be entering the workforce much younger, the consequence being less demand for higher education.

Luxury industries will likely fall by the wayside.

A CALL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: LET US MEET THIS CHALLENGE WITH FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY TOWARD THOSE IN NEED

Any great challenge that a nation faces, also provides an opportunity for its people to grow in courage, and in compassionate outreach, and to build a stronger sense of family and community. As President Ronald Reagan said in his 1984 State of the Union Message:

“… our greatest hope for the future, are the minds and hearts of our people, especially our children. We can help them build tomorrow by strengthening our community of shared values… For us, faith, work, family, neighborhood, freedom, and peace are not just words; they’re expressions of what America means, definitions of what makes us a good and loving people. Families stand at the center of our society….” (6)

Let us not fall into a torpor of disconsolation, nor into the pit of despair. Rather, let us join hands with our brothers and sisters and help each other through the coming times. Truly, the only thing we have to fear is not knowing what lies before us. Through knowing, we shall plan. Through faith, through hope, and through works of compassionate charity, we shall overcome all obstacles, and triumph as a people.

In love, light and joy,
Alice B. Clagett
I Am of the Stars

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OVERVIEWS

Link: “Compendium: HIV / AIDS Pandemic, and of Data Suppression by the Centers for Disease Control,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 10 July 2016; updated on 14 June 2018 … http://wp.me/p2Rkym-5QE .. 

Link: “Compendium: Surgical Risk, HIV / AIDS, Hepatitis, and Hard Drugs,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 17 October 2016; updated on 6 July 2017 … http://wp.me/p2Rkym-6gY ..

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FOOTNOTES

(1) See Link: “Compendium: HIV / AIDS Pandemic, and Suppression of 2014 Data on the US HIV Pandemic,” by Alice B. Clagett, 17 June 2016 … http://wp.me/p2Rkym-5zq … and Link: “Compendium: HIV / AIDS Pandemic, and of Data Suppression by the Centers for Disease Control ,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 10 July 2016; updated on 14 June 2018 … http://wp.me/p2Rkym-5QE ..

(2) Citation: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933, “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”: FDR’s First Inaugural Address, as published in Samuel Rosenman, ed., The Public Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Volume Two: The Year of Crisis, 1933 (New York: Random House, 1938), 11–16 … http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5057/ … Speeches given by employees of the Federal government are in the public domain. See Link: “Are Public Speeches in the Public Domain?” Submitted by New Media Rights last modified Wed, 06/28/2017 – 4:44pm … http://www.newmediarights.org/business_models/artist/are_historical_speeches_public_domain ..

(3) See Link: OraQuick HIV Home Test at Rite Aid … https://shop.riteaid.com/oraquick-in-home-hiv-test-0371651 … At Walgreens … https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/oraquick-in-home-hiv-test/ID=prod6118162-product … and at CVS Pharmacy ..https://www.cvs.com/shop/oraquick-in-home-hiv-test-prodid-1170321 ..

(4) See Link: “HIV and Pregnancy: Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV After Birth,” Last Reviewed: December 28, 2018 … https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/education-materials/fact-sheets/24/71/preventing-mother-to-child-transmission-of-hiv-after-birth ..

(5) See Link: “People Under 30: Life Expectancy for Babies Born with HIV,” by Sharon Lee, M.D., 2 June 2004. in Link: “The Body: The HIV / AIDS Resource” … https://www.thebody.com/article/life-expectancy-babies-born-hiv ..

(6) Citation: Pres. Reagan’s State of the Union message to Congress, 1982-1988 … “Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress on the State of the Union,” 25 January 1984 … https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/address-before-joint-session-the-congress-the-state-the-union-4 … Speeches given by employees of the Federal government are in the public domain … See Link: “Are Public Speeches in the Public Domain?” Submitted by New Media Rights last modified Wed, 06/28/2017 – 4:44pm … http://www.newmediarights.org/business_models/artist/are_historical_speeches_public_domain ..

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