CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Antiretroviral Medication Diversion among HIV-positive Substance Abusers in South Florida

Department

Department of Family Therapy; Department of Justice and Human Services

Publication Date

6-1-2013

Publication Title

American Journal of Public Health

ISSN or ISBN

0090-0036

Volume

6

Issue

103

First Page

1026

Last Page

1028

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

The high cost of life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) therapy for HIV represents an expense that impedes accessibility and affordability by patients. This price structure also appears to motivate the diversion of ARVs and the targeting of HIV-positive patients by pill brokers in the illicit market. Our field research with indigent, HIV-positive substance abusers links ARV diversion to high levels of competing needs, including psychiatric disorders, HIV stigma, and homelessness. Interventions to reduce diversion must address the needs of highly vulnerable patients.

DOI

10.2105/AJPH.2012.301092