Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Over 1 million people in the U.S. have HIV/AIDS. The virus is primarily found in the blood and certain bodily fluids. It is spread mainly by sharing needles or syringes, or by sexual intercourse with an infected person. HIV/AIDS weakens the body’s immune system. And it makes it hard for the body to fight off infections and illnesses. Those who are infected may not have symptoms for years. When symptoms surface, they can include swollen lymph nodes, fever, diarrhea, weight loss and severe risk of infections.
It is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions and not skip any medication. To learn more about HIV/AIDS medications, treatment and ongoing management of the disease, please read the information below.
Specialty Pharmacy Program for HIV/AIDS:
Members using certain medications for HIV/AIDS can benefit from our Specialty Pharmacy Program. This program can help you better manage HIV/AIDS through the use of a specialty pharmacy, helpful educational materials and access to clinical experts 24 hours a day.
Care or Case Management Programs may also be available through your health plan. To learn more, call the number or visit the Web site found on the back of your health insurance ID card.
The following resources may be helpful for learning more about HIV/AIDS, how it's treated and what medications are used. The links below may also help you to find support services, connect with advocacy groups and learn about new research being done on this condition.