We provide comprehensive and personalized treatment for viral diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
Fortunately, breakthrough therapies give patients a good chance at normal, productive lives.
Our clinical staff has the experience and expertise to help you gain access to medication and support you with high-touch, personalized care and valuable patient services.
Viruses are tiny germs made of genetic material.
They can cause diseases as common as warts, the common cold and the flu. In more severe versions, viruses can cause Ebola, smallpox, and HIV/AIDS.
Viruses use normal cells as vessels to multiply. They can kill, damage, or change the cells, which as result makes you sick. However, not all viruses make you sick because your immune system is designed to help you fight them off.
This is why many treatments for viral infections only deal with the symptoms, giving time for your immune system to kick in and fight off the virus. Antibiotics don’t work for viral infections, but antiviral medicine does. Treatments for HIV and hepatitis do attack viral components in order to prevent the virus from replicating or assembling.
LEARN ABOUT HIV
Short for human immunodeficiency virus, HIV affects and weakens your immune system by destroying white blood cells, which fight infections.
With a weakened immune system, serious infections and certain cancers can take hold of your body.
Although sometimes used interchangeably, AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and is the final stage of the HIV infection. Although HIV causes AIDS, not everyone with HIV develops AIDS.
In most cases, HIV spreads through unprotected sex with an infected person, or by using the same needle an infected person used. Another form of contagion is through contact with the blood of an infected person. Also, mothers can give it to their babies during pregnancy and childbirth.
Swollen glands and flu-like symptoms are typically the first signs of HIV infection. Severe symptoms may not develop until months or years after acquiring the virus.
In 2015, an estimated 39,393 people in the United States were diagnosed with HIV.
In Puerto Rico, an estimated 25,295 people live with a positive diagnosis for HIV.
About 1 in 8 people with HIV in the United States do not know that they are infected. All you need to learn if you have HIV is a simple blood test. You can either get tested by a healthcare provider or use a home kit.
There is no cure, but there are many medicines that fight HIV infection and lower the risk of infecting others. People who get early treatment can live with the disease for a long time.
Our commitment to HIV patients
HIV/AIDS therapy takes commitment, discipline, and determination. Newly diagnosed patients usually feel overwhelmed by the diagnosis and the various medications and treatments prescribed to them.
Patients with HIV/AIDS require a coordinated care team, including a specialty pharmacy with access to well-established and breakthrough drugs that can significantly improve the lives of these patients.
To give HIV/AIDS patients the excellent care they need and deserve, we provide compassionate personalized support, disease education, patient adherence programs, help with prior authorizations, and clinical support to address their needs, concerns, and questions.
Because HIV treatment can be expensive, we also help you apply for financial assistance through copay cards from drug manufacturers and nonprofit organizations.
We’re here because of you and for you, and we’ll do everything we can to help you.
Below are some of the treatments we provide to patients with HIV:
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LEARN ABOUT HEPATITIS
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, which is the largest organ in your body.
Liver functions are vital and essential. They include digestion, energy storage, and poison removal.
There are several types of hepatitis:
In these cases, your body mistakenly attacks healthy liver cells.
Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C are the most known types, although there are other types of the disease. These three variations are found and spread through feces, blood, and certain body fluids. Additionally, drug and alcohol consumption cause hepatitis in some cases.
Some forms of hepatitis are mild and patients present no symptoms. Others, however, can be serious and lead to scarring (cirrhosis), require a liver transplant or develop liver cancer.
Some symptoms of hepatitis include:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dark-colored urine and pale bowel movements
- Stomach pain
- Jaundice, yellowing of skin and eyes
Approximately 4.4 million people are living with hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection; most do not know they are infected. Lifelong infections with these two types of hepatitis are major risk factors for liver cancer.
Depending on the type and severity of hepatitis acquired, it may go away by itself or need to be treated with medication. In some cases, hepatitis lasts a lifetime.
At Special Care Pharmacy, we have access to advanced hepatitis medication, and our professional team of specialists is experienced in managing this disease. Our personalized support system helps patients coordinate treatment and adhere to it. We can also grant you access to third-party financial aid to cover the costs of treatment.
Below are some of the treatments we provide to patients with hepatitis:
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Patients with complex viral diseases need a coordinated care team that can streamline a potentially complicated process.
We work with your doctor on your treatment plan, and with your insurance coverage provider in order to verify your coverage benefits and to coordinate prior authorizations. We also collaborate with pharmaceutical companies on their latest research and patient assistance programs that provide financial aid for patients who qualify.