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Title: HIV Cost of Treatment, Support and Services
Post by: kevinkelleher on January 27 2011, 06:46 pm
Recently NAM published its finding by other people and organisitions on the cost of HIV treatment, Care and Service. .
How before this was known a Freedom of Information request was sent to the London Specialist Commissioning about the £237+million declared within it annual 2009/2010 accounts and was provided was an additional breakdown of were these monies were spent. .

This will enable us to calculate the cost of medication, treatmeant for those in London only and as 50% of those living with HIV reside will have a different effect of the national picture. The Health Protection agency suggest about 2,300 people access services in London who resides outside and have further asked the LSG how much of the £237m has been recharged to other Primary Care Trusts. (this should be known next week). This should then allow have to have a London perspective of cost of treatment, I will add in the AIDS Support Grant Allocation.

The FOI request can be found at and ASG 2009/2010

Title: Re: HIV Cost of Treatment, Support and Services
Post by: kevinkelleher on January 27 2011, 07:52 pm
No of ouside London residents accessing services in London is 2,891 and the London SOPHID figures suggests 28,285.

Title: Re: HIV Cost of Treatment, Support and Services
Post by: Matt Williams on January 27 2011, 08:45 pm
I really don't like the paper the NAM report is based on, even though it has many eminent names on it. For a start it seems to show perhaps double the number of people with an AIDS diagnosis than there actually are this year. And I have many other serious methodological questions about this paper. The headline message that "HIV could rise to £750 million by 2013" is therefore, to my mind, to be resisted strongly at the present time.

Original paper:

- matt

Title: Re: HIV Cost of Treatment, Support and Services
Post by: kevinkelleher on January 29 2011, 10:12 am
Published by Positive Nation in April 2007

Because you’re worth it

HIV drug treatments are cost effective. At around £7,000 a year in the UK, they are cheaper than kidney dialysis or treatments for comparable disease. Thanks to effective therapies, many more people living with HIV can work, pay taxes and even raise the next generation of workers.
Yet the cost of HIV meds has always been an issue. When the first proper HIV drug, AZT, arrived activists successfully forced manufacturers Burroughs Wellcome to cut its $7,000 price tag. As new HIV drugs became available, higher prices were typically set to reflect innovative, life-saving therapies.
You may not care which name is on your blister pack if your CD4 count is climbing or holding firm, or you have an undetectable viral load and suffer few or no side effects. But, if you are one of the 25 per cent whose HIV drugs fail because of resistance or unbearable side effects, the need for the widest possible choice of drugs becomes critical.
Ten years of HAART have taught us one size does not fit all when it comes to HIV therapy. If a regimen is failing or giving you intolerable diarrhoea or peripheral neuropathy, the importance of drug choice is thrown into much sharper focus.

Title: Re: HIV Cost of Treatment, Support and Services
Post by: kevinkelleher on January 29 2011, 10:14 am

Title: Dept. of Health FOI response to UK cost of treatment and care in the UK
Post by: kevinkelleher on March 23 2011, 10:11 am
The Dept. of Health has responded to my Freedom of Information request which asked.
“Do you collect figures by Primary Care Trusts on the amount that is spent or budget on HIV treatment and care by area or PCT”

Estimated PCT level expenditure on HIV and AIDS for 2006-07 to 2009-10 is published on the Department of Health website in the 2009-10 Programme budgeting PCT benchmarking tool, available from the following website:

It may be helpful to explain that up to 2012-13, the Department of Health will allocate resources to Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). Once allocated, it is for PCTs to commission the services they require to meet the healthcare needs of their local populations, taking account of both local and national priorities.  This includes sexual health services.  From 2013-14, however, the NHS Commissioning Board will take over responsibility for commissioning guidelines and the allocation of resources from the Department of Health. Allocations will be made directly to GP consortia in late 2012.

Title: Re: London HIV Cost of Treatment, Support and Services 2010/11
Post by: kevinkelleher on May 16 2011, 04:17 pm