ANCHOR LEAD: MEDICATIONS TO KEEP HIV IN CHECK KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF THE HOSPITAL, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Taking a regimen of medications to keep HIV in check prolongs life and keeps people out of the hospital, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported recently. The report helps support the argument that not only is provision of often expensive HIV drugs to folks who need them humane, it also saves money. Kenrad Nelson, an HIV expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.
NELSON: Going into the hospital for a day or two or a week is terribly expensive and it turns out that the drug treatment for HIV, in addition to improving survival and keeping people healthier, being able to work, etcetera, also reduced the total cost to society, so it is cost effective to treat HIV, and despite the high cost of the drugs, we need to use them in people that need them. :26
Nelson says such analyses should also bolster efforts to provide HIV medications free to those who need them. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.