Access to Stable Housing and Other Basic Necessities Huge Factor for People Living With HIV/AIDS
May 4, 2012
Last November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released what the HIV/AIDS community already knew to be true: Only 25 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. have their disease under control. Lack of access to medication and cost of meds were among the main contributing barriers.
But a new study from the University of California-San Francisco provides some other reasons. By studying 288 men living with HIV/AIDS who were homeless or in unstable housing situations, researchers found that basic necessities such as food, housing and clean clothes had the largest effect on mental and physical health -- topping drug abuse, viral load and lack of access to meds. Other findings included:
Brad Hare, M.D. and medical director of San Francisco General Hospital's HIV clinic, told the Gate, "We're always struggling with people who need to be on HIV treatment for their health but that's not the priority. This study validates what we've seen. It recognizes just how important the structural barriers are to HIV care."
Kellee Terrell is the former news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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