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HIV Infection and Hepatitis C

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the average (a) annual and (b) total lifetime cost to the NHS of a person with (i) HIV and (ii) hepatitis C; and if he will make a statement. (285738)

The estimated average annual cost to the national health service for a person with HIV is £14,000-£15,000. These costs will vary according to immune status. The average lifetime treatment costs for HIV is estimated to be between £135,000-£181,000 although this may increase as life expectancy continues to increase.

For hepatitis C, the cost of drug therapy is estimated to be between £6,000-£15,000, depending on the duration of treatment, which is currently 24 or 48 weeks.