Characteristic No.a %b

Health insurance or coverage during past 12 months
  Yes 3,040 84
  No    599 16
Type of health insurance or coverage during past 12 monthsf
  Medicaid 1,366 45
  Private health insurance or HMO 1,136 37
  Medicare    896 30
  Otherg    475 16
Primary method of paying for prescription medications for HIV and related illnesses during past 12 monthsh
Medicaid/Medicare 1,509 41
  Private health care coverage    896 25
  AIDS Drug Assistance Program    915 25
  Not taking any prescription medications for HIV or related illnesses    187   5
  Paid for medications themselves (i.e., out of pocket)    194   5
  Received medications from a public clinic     88   2
  Received medications from an AIDS service organization     50   1
  Participated in a clinical trial or research study that provided medications     12 <1
Applied for public assistance during past 12 months
  Yes    708 19
  No Received any form of public assistance including SSI or SSDI during past 12 months 2,932 81
  Yes 1,798 49
  No 1,843 51
Primary source of money or financial support during past 12 months
  SSI or SSDI 1,463 40
  Salary or wages 1,403 39
  Spouse, partner, or family    244   7
  Public assistance    211   6
  Pension or retirement fund     81   2
  No income or financial support     43   1
  Friends     35   1
  Savings/investments     28 <1
Total 3,643 100

NOTE: GED = general equivalency degree; HMO = health maintenance organization; SSDI = Social Security Disability Insurance; SSI = Social Security Supplemental Income.

aNumbers might not add to total because of missing data. Analyses limited to persons with diagnosis of HIV infection for at least 12 months before the interview. Values exclude categories with fewer than five responses, responses of “don’t know,” and skipped (missing) responses.



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