Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Read Now: Expert Opinions on HIV Cure Research
  
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

U.S. News

Some AIDS Experts View Health Law Coverage Expansion With Hope

July 30, 2012

The Obama administration announced it would add new funds to increase access to HIV/AIDS care, but questions remain about whether it will be enough to address waiting lists for the drug assistance program. Also in the news, reports on treatment developments.

Battling AIDS by Stepping Up Retention in Care
Two stubborn problems dog efforts to stem the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States: how to find the HIV-positive people who are outside the health care system and how to keep HIV patients in treatment once they start. (Norman, Politico, 7/29)

Capsules: New Funds Could Shorten AIDS Drug Waiting Lists
The Obama administration announced nearly $80 million in grants to increase access to HIV/AIDS care across the United States last week -- but will it be enough to eliminate waiting lists for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program? (Burress, Kaiser Health News, 7/28)

Early HIV Treatment Is Cost-Effective Prevention Method
New data from a landmark clinical trial that established early treatment for HIV infection as an effective way to prevent transmission of the virus now show that this treatment-as-prevention approach is cost-effective, too. ... The trial enrolled 1763 couples, most heterosexual, at 13 sites in Africa, South America, Asia, and the United States. When enrollment began in 2005, infected partners had CD4 cell counts between 350 and 550 cells/mL. The couples were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups: immediate antiretroviral treatment (ART) for the infected partner or treatment delayed until the infected partner had a CD4 cell count below 250 cells/mL or an AIDS-defining illness. Data released last year showed that early treatment led to a 96% reduction in HIV transmission to uninfected partners. (Voelker, Journal of the American Medical Association, 7/27)

Back to other news for July 2012


This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.



  
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
 
See Also
National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Executive Summary
U.S. Announces First National HIV/AIDS Strategy
More on U.S. HIV/AIDS Policy

No comments have been made.
 

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:


Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining:

Tools
 

Advertisement