75 percent of U.S. HIV patients lack effective care

From NBC News:

Only a quarter of Americans infected with the AIDS virus are getting effective treatment, according to a U.S. government report released Friday — and the youngest patients are the worst off.  The numbers could worsen if states don’t broaden health care as called for under the 2010 health reform law, scientists worry.

It’s the first comprehensive look by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at who is getting effective care, and it doesn’t paint a promising picture. The findings raise even more alarm bells as study after study presented at the International AIDS Conference in Washington this week show that treatment can help stop the spread of HIV.


The same factors are driving high transmission and poor treatment rates among some U.S. groups: poverty, a lack of access to medical care, and a lack of education about what causes HIV and what people can do about it. Policymakers need to understand that treating people with HIV saves money, Fenton said.

“What we now know is that treating HIV is cost-effective. For every dollar spent, you save $2,” Fenton said.

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