I am happy, giddy, excited and overjoyed. I got an email today from a college professor who stated that they would like to add my upcoming book to their required reading curriculum for their Sociology Department. This has made me a happy camper (author). My book has not yet hit the market, yet I have an institute of higher learning ready to place my book in the hands of the future community developers of this great country. To clear things up, it was not just an email, but the corresponding of a series of emails. Because the book has not been released and we are still discussing the details of the agreement, I am not at liberty to say the name of the institution.
Some people may ask why a Sociology Dept. would want to use a book about HIV. To answer that one should understand the definition of sociology. Two definitions were found doing a quick online search.
1.study of society: the study of the origin, development, and structure of human societies and the behavior of individual people and groups in society
2.study of individual social institution: the study of a particular social institution and the part it plays in society
I will not go into details of exactly what the book is about or how said institution will be using my book but the title of the book should be enough explanation. The name of the book is The Story Within – A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US. Yes, it’s a long subtitle, but I wanted readers to know what they are reading. I will tell you this: The book has letters from people who are infected with HIV.
Release date 6/27/14
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Tylenol, Advil, Aleve.
How many of you have heard of these medicines?
How about Truvada, Sustiva, Fuzeon, Norvir? Most people have not heard of those three medicones. However if you have HIV or work with those infected then you may have heard of those medicines. Truvada cost about $1200 for a month’s supply. Fuzeon currently cost about $2950 for a month’s supply.
The real question is who can really afford this medicine? Insurance companies do not cover all of this. And some of the people with HIV have to take more than one medicine. Now all of the medicine is not into the thousands. However, most of the medicines are over $100 a month. Moreover, the average person with HIV pays about $1200 a month for medicine. Some research claims that the amount is $1900 a month.
Do the math. $1900 a month times 12 months is $22800 a year. Which breaks down to $10.96 an hour 40 hours a week times 52 weeks. Using this formula, a person with HIV would have to make a minimum of $40,000 a year just to make ends meet, and be single, and have no kids.
I see why the eradication of HIV is very important. The cost is becoming astronomical. The number of those infected is increasing. Those with HIV are living longer, and there are still those who contract HIV and then decide to spread it to everyone they can.
So the price of medicine goes up, the number of those infected goes up, and those who are infected start to live longer. And why does the medicine cost so much. Well, there is so much money that goes into making one single pill. And to recuperate the money that goes into that pill the cost is set as such. There is a 25 year time limit. After 25 years a generic form of the medicine can be produced.
So what’s the plan?
The Story Within – A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US
The time is almost here. Anticipation is building. It’s like ants in my pants. I have worked so hard, researched so much. Interviewed so many people. Wrote. Proofed. Edited. Proofed. Wrote some more. Gathered more info and replayed the whole sequence again.
The date: June 27, 2014.
Why that date? That is National AIDS Testing Day.
With the fact that an Executive Order was signed stating that all US citizens must get an HIV test, this should make people wonder why. There have always been national HIV/AIDS days. National AIDS Testing Day is 6/27/14. National AIDS Awareness Day is 12/1/14. Why should there be a law to get people tested? What is the next step after that? Ponder that for a second.
I have come to the realization that many people will not like the topic discussed in my upcoming book. The topic may be too controversial. It may not be for anyone under 18 years old to read. However, there are over 2200 people in the US under the age of 18 with HIV. They may want to know what the plans are for those individuals who are infected with HIV. Again, why must an Executive Order be passed to force Americans to get tested for HIV?
My upcoming book will give you the answer. It will prepare those with HIV of what’s to come. There is a plan to eradicate HIV/AIDS in the US. And the plan starts with making sure everyone is tested first.
The Story Within: A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US
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What happens when someone test positive for HIV? What is the process? The positive lab is reported to the Health Department by the doctor who ordered the test and/or the lab who performed the test. Once the Health Department is aware of the lab, they then contact the individual who tested positive. The Health Department will sit and explain the process of HIV with the patient and discuss the test. At that point it changes from state to state what happens after that.
Some states ask for all of the sex partners of the patient. Every state sets the patient up with an infection specialist or internal medicine doctor. There are some states that make you sign forms that say you will not have sex any more. The repercussions of having sex could be up to 5 years in prison. Yes, prison, not jail. Why is this?
But what many with HIV don’t know is that their name is forever saved and updated in a collection of databases that are used to keep up with and link those infected with HIV. For what reason do these databases need to be updated? The answer: To keep a record of the most recent test results of each infected individual. To see where the patient is getting services from and if the patient is getting services from more than one grant funded organization.
Go to Google or Bing and look up “STDMIS” or “Careware”. These are just two of the systems. Look and see what you find out. I do not choose to give you all of the information that I know right now. However, just knowing that there are systems like this should make you think long and hard about who you have sex with.
But where does all of this money come from for these grants? The US government spends $84 Billion a year for HIV meds, grants, jobs, programs, surveillance, education, etc… Eighty-four billion. $84,000,000,000.
Coming summer 2014:
The Story Within: A Scrapbook of the Eradication if HIV/AIDS in the US
It seems that many are upset that I am writing a book showing what the end result is going to be in the US with the HIV epidemic. The medical community knows there is an epidemic. Those infected knows that there is an epidemic. The media does not talk about HIV anymore so no one outside of the above mentioned really cares.
On July 15, 2013, an Executive Order was signed that stated all citizens of the United States must get an HIV test. How many people knew about that. If you didn’t know and don’t get tested, then what are the consequences? Can you claim ignorance? While the US was caught up in a case about the Zimmerman case, the White House snuck this by the American people.
Question: Why does the government want every American tested? What is going to happen once all of the people are tested? What is going to happen to the people? Well, that’s where my book comes in. The cost of insurance is already going up with the start of the Affordable Care Act. Now once all Americans are tested and many new HIV cases are found, who is going to cover their meds, which average over $1200 a month.
If you have been keeping up with my post you will see that the name of my book had changed a few tomes. The main title is The Story Within. The subtitle at this point is A Scrapbook of the Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US. The projected release date is June 27, 2014, which is also National HIV Testing Day.
With the Affordable Care Act and the rising cost of insurance, and….. those with HIV/AIDS getting full health care now, what is there in store? Well, one out of 4 individuals with HIV/AIDS have/had health insurance. The cost of them going to the emergency room was already being handed over the rest of those using the ER and other services in the hospital. It was estimated that hospitals as a whole were loosing $24 million a year from unpaid ER bills from HIV patients. So what now? It is great and wonderful that HIV patients can now get healthcare without having to wait a grace period before being covered.
But the cost of health care I feel is going to be outrageous for those with HIV. not saying that all people with HIV are poor, but most are barely making ends meet. If only one in four had insurance before, how in the world are they going to afford health care through an Affordable Care Act that has driven up the cost of health care? If the medicine alone is $1300 a month on average and the health care in running $400 or more a month and they still have to eat, live, pay bills, etc… One would think that the insurance would pay for the medicine, but there is a laundry list of medicines that health insurers refuse to pay for. And would you like to guess which medicines are on that list: yep, many HIV meds. There is ADAP, which is an HIV/AIDS medicine program, but it’s up in the air what’s going to happen with that program once the ACA is in full effect.
Now what? That’s the big question that is being asked in the HIV/AIDS community.
Coming 2014, my new book
The Story Within: A Scrapbook of the Extreme Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US
What if Obamacare doesn’t work as well as Washington DC thinks it will work? What if people really see that letting everyone with HIV/AIDS have full coverage with no limit is a bad idea? What if there has to be a drastic step to get rid of HIV in the US? What if the steps are in place now to start eradiating HIV/AIDS in the US? These are just question.
However, there was an Executive Decision passed over the summer that required all US citizens get tested for HIV. Why is that? For the safety of the country or to weed out all of those who are infected? There will come a time when all HIV positive patients will have to register like sex offenders. Just wait and see. Why does the US need to know everyone who has a certain disease?
My new book is coming out Summer 2014 – The Story Within: The Extreme Eradication of HIV/AIDS in the US