People with HIV
can live longer with optimal health care but will pay
$618,900 doing so, a new study shows. The report, titled
"The Lifetime Cost of Current HIV Care in the United
States," shows the results of a computer simulation
model to project HIV medical care costs. Information
on medical visits and hospitalizations came from the HIV
Research Network, a group of primary care sites in the U.S.
team, composed of doctors from Partners AIDS Research
Center/Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard, Johns
Hopkins, and Boston University, analyzed the cost and
benefits of modern HIV treatments. They found that the
right combination of drugs can prolong life as long as 24
years but at a cost of $2,100 per month on average.
found that the cost of medications makes up more than 70%
of the expense of HIV treatment. There are currently 24
drugs in four different drug classes that were not
available in the mid 1990s when combination therapy
was introduced. (The Advocate)
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