Posted on: December 4, 2017

Mary’s Story


Bellingham, WA

When Mary’s son was diagnosed with HIV, they didn’t know what to do or where to turn for help. She was worried for her son, who was only 19 at the time of his diagnosis. There is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but there is a very effective treatment called viral suppression. However, viral suppression medications can cost anywhere from $2,000 – $5,000 dollars a month. Mary realized without health insurance to help pay for her son’s treatment or doctor visits, care would not be affordable. Mary’s son developed an infection shortly after his diagnosis, which brought him to the emergency room. During that time, they received a referral to a social services organization specifically for those with HIV. There they learned about free or low-cost health insurance through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) and applied via Because of Apple Health, her son was able to get the medical services he needed and his treatment paid for. Today he is happy, healthy and will live a long, productive life with continued treatment.