Federal program cuts disparities in HIV/AIDS care

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) – When Gina Brown was diagnosed with HIV in 1994, she considered it a death sentence, but nearly 23 years later, she’s living a full life in New Orleans, thanks largely to the federally funded Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. In 2014, the safety-net program provided drugs, medical care and support services to more than 268,000 people in the U.S. living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections. Now a study shows that in 82 percent of them, including Brown, HIV is no longer detectable in their blood – a state known as “viral suppression.” Those who are virally suppressed take antiretroviral medications that allow them to expect to live a nearly average lifespan.
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