U.S. poor HIV patients live longer with care extending past drugs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Patients stepping into Johns Hopkins University’s HIV clinic in east Baltimore don’t just see a doctor or get prescriptions for their antiretroviral drugs; many also get help finding a place to live or bus fare to make it to their next appointment. Such care that goes beyond the examination table and into patients’ often challenging lives has been key to helping poorer HIV patients – particularly blacks and women – live longer, healthier lives, according to a 15-year study published on Thursday in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. …
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