God, this is horrible… This is an aspect of the hurricane aftermath that hadn’t occurred to me until seeing this story. Along with all the other medical hardships people in New Orleans are having to deal with, there are many with HIV who are displaced and have no access to the drug “cocktails” which keep them healthy (and, in come cases, alive). Skipping too many doses can open a window for the virus to do major damage in little time, so they are relying on the generous help of charity groups and donations because the drugs can be massively expensive. Those who have had to flee the state entirely are especially screwed.
Of course, this is not to belittle other people’s conditions which rely on steady medication or other supplies, as many people could be in more immediate need of attention. It just struck a chord with be because I have friends who are taking HIV cocktails to remain healthy; the thought of them being put in this sort of situation sends a chill up my spine. It adds another dimension to the concept of being prepared for disaster…how do you prepare for this if you can barely afford your current prescriptions, even with insurance, as is usually the case?