HIV treatment still eludes some HIV positive Americans
There are approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States today.
Access to HIV care and treatment are more available than ever in this country with life insurance now being offered and Ryan White programs to help those uninsured or underinsured living with HIV.
So why aren’t all people living with HIV accessing care? Health and economic disparities cause many people to either not access care or unaware that care is even available.
“But basic survival — money to live, a place to sleep — often takes precedence over seeking help and closely managing a disease that can be symptom-free in its early stages, doctors say.”
“Newer approaches to controlling HIV/AIDS focus on a “continuum of care,” from the very beginning.
Federal health official are trying to track improvements or setbacks at every stage: testing, linking the newly diagnosed to care within three months, getting HIV-positive people to remain in treatment, prescribing them antiretroviral drugs, and suppressing HIV viral load — the amount of HIV in the blood — to a very low level.
People fall out of care at every stage, with minorities generally faring worse than whites.
The the goal is to keep them in treatment, not only for their sake but because research has shown that people with low or undetectable viral loads are far less likely to transmit the disease to others.”
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