Watch: Changes to HIV treatment on PBS scheme explained
ACON and Holdsworth House have teamed up to explain recent changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and how it affects people with HIV.
Holdsworth House’s Dr Mark Bloch appears in the video explaining how one of the regulatory barriers preventing some people with HIV from accessing PBS-listed HIV medicine has been lifted.
As of April 1 2014, doctors will be able to prescribe HIV treatment on the PBS system to anyone in Australia with HIV (with a valid Medicare card) even if they have no clinical symptoms.
Previously, the PBS did not allow doctors to prescribe HIV treatment to people with CD4 counts above 500 who had no clinical symptoms.
ACO CEO Nicolas Parkhill says the change to the PBS will make a significant contribution to ending HIV transmission in NSW by 2020.
“We’re delighted to be patterning with Holdsworth House on communicating this important development to members of our community through this video.”
Watch the video