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HIV and the Recession: Staying Well in Tough Times


A few months ago, Michael Fantasia sat at Ellen Novogrodsky’s desk at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, resigned and frustrated. He did not know what the financial benefits counselor could do for him, but he figured it was worth a shot.

He’d already explored several other avenues—Social Security, advice from his doctors, etc.—all to no avail. The 48-year-old graphic production artist was still unemployed—after being laid off in February—and was barely able to pay his rent. He could not afford the extension of his employerbased
health insurance through COBRA.

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Information in this article was accurate in March 10, 2010. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.