Since its introduction in the 1980s, HIV/AIDS has become a global disaster, threatening the lives of millions of people each day. Its expansion has been met with ignorance, backlash, and skepticism. Over 1.1 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS. However, less than 14% are even aware that they have it.
Although this disease has experienced a decline in recent years, it still continues to impact the lives’ of people daily. In the United States, nearly 40,000 people were diagnosed with HIV in the past one year. In Armenia, however, there have been less than 500 cases of HIV/AIDS and less than 200 deaths in the year 2016.
Armenia has been implementing proactive solutions to deal with the ongoing crisis that is HIV/AIDS. In order to prevent drug (primarily needle) usage, one of the leading causes of HIV/AIDS, the country is using OST- Opioid Substitution Therapy to reduce transmission through needles. More importantly however, Armenia became just 1 in 4 to become validated by the World Health Organization for effectively eliminating mother to child HIV/AIDS transmission. In Armenia, 4 organizations joined together to create the Advocacy Group on AIDS to spread awareness, campaign for human rights, and reduce the social vulnerability that places its citizens at risk for AIDS. Additionally, Armenia is actively using the UNAIDS program to increase access to prevention treatments, funds, and emotional support of the victims. The first step to solving the HIV/AIDS epidemic is to diagnose individuals as early possible.
This can easily be done through HATS, the HIV/AIDS Test Screening software. This technology helps identify the need for an HIV test. In just a short amount of time, a patient or doctor can recognize the risks and implement recommendations for further care. In addition to that, it is important that we make health care companies aware when they are paying for undisclosed HIV/AIDS-related conditions and that a considerable amount of money is involved. As medical aid agencies continue to disregard the issue, they are likely to be faced with financial ruin. We must offer a way they can provide for managed access to reasonable benefits.
Pharmaceutical Benefit Management (PBM), an independent managed health care company, has been designed and launched to facilitate the clinical and financial management of each patient by a medical practitioner, by providing a comprehensive and confidential benefit management program with access to reasonable benefits within the budget of given medical aid agencies. This, in combination with aid from NGOs and other international partners, can help increase the funding that is needed to promote HIV/AIDS testing and screening facilities to even the remotest of locations in Asia. Through innovative technology, a plethora of financial sources, and greater awareness of HIV/AIDS, a comprehensive and effective solution can be developed.