- HAART and Medical Management: The Realities of Clinic Care
Interview with Keith Henry, M.D.
In many outpatient HIV clinics the medical staff is so poorly funded that over 95% of the cost of patient care goes to drugs and laboratory tests -- and less than 5% to physicians, nurses, other staff, clinic overhead, medical records, patient education, adherence monitoring, and other costs of care. This misdirection of resources results in patients not receiving the professional time and attention they need, and drugs being taken incorrectly, leading to unnecessary drug failure and other medical problems. Keith Henry, M.D., who recently called for more cautious use of antiretroviral therapy, describes the realities of inadequate funding for medical care, and some needed steps for improvement. Also, we asked him to explain how his clinic has consistently performed leading-edge research without the major funding usually available at research institutions.
- National AIDS Update Conference, March 14-17, San Francisco
The 12th National AIDS Update Conference, "for HIV/AIDS education and treatment experts, HIV/AIDS advocates, and people living with the disease," expects 2,000 people in San Francisco. It is organized by amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
- First Microbicide Conference, March 13-16, Near Washington D.C.
Microbicides, topical medications to prevent HIV transmission, are currently experimental but could become an important tool for controlling the HIV epidemic; a major conference will take place this month. Also, background on microbicides is available in the current POZ magazine, March 2000.
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