The Co-Infection of HIV/AIDS & Hepatitis B and C: The Socio-Economic Impact on the State of Florida

January 1, 2003

Because of the unique nature of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C, the community must be cognizant of the impact and implications they will have economically, socially, and ethically. This paper seeks to ascertain the rate of co-infection that exists in Florida, gaps in treatment, a projection of future costs for how this is effecting HIV prevention and care activities throughout Florida, and a projection of future financial impact. A short history, epidemiological information, treatment theories, and associated costs are presented for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, and co-infections between them. A survey was administered to providers from both the public and private sector to achieve a realistic perspective on hepatitis outreach, testing, and treatment. Recommendations based on this research are then given to address prevention, education, and treatment.

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