Antiretroviral medication diversion among HIV-positive substance abusers in South Florida

Hilary L. Surratt, Steven P. Kurtz, Theodore J. Cicero, Catherine O'Grady, Maria A. Levi-Minzi

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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 HIVpositive 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1026-1028
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume103
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

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