Insurers Drop Rape Victims Who Take HIV Meds
Assaulted women locked out of health care
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 22, 2009 11:16 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Sexual assault victims prescribed precautionary HIV/AIDS meds risk being denied health insurance—because they have a pre-existing condition. The vast majority never develop the disease, but many have lost their insurance altogether, the Huffington Post reports. Others have been denied mental health care for PTSD that arose after they were assaulted (see video).

A spokesman for the main industry trade group says insurers don’t discriminate against sexual assault victims, but that anyone taking HIV drugs is considered “in treatment for HIV, period,” and may be denied coverage. Frustrated doctors say that’s not medically sound. “What are we supposed to tell women now?" said one nurse "Well, I guess you have a choice—you can risk your health insurance or you can risk AIDS. Go ahead and choose.”

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Oct 23, 2009 10:47 AM CDT
Sure, Guava - like Medicare put private insurance out of business. The same arguments were used by the insurance industry then to block that program. C'mon.
Oct 23, 2009 3:53 AM CDT
This is just sick..
Oct 23, 2009 3:26 AM CDT
I would venture to say most ALL conservatives are FOR health care reform...just NOT a public option. Additionally, most are especially resistant to the P.O (which will ADD to the deficit however you slice it) when we have, and continue, to spend trillions on a war.