HIV/AIDS Treatment and U.S. Healthcare Policy: Landmark Gains or Missed Opportunities?

Despite treatment advances that have transformed HIV from a death sentence to a manageable chronic disease, hundreds of thousands of Americans still lack optimal HIV/AIDS care. Research from the Schaeffer Center quantifies how appropriate treatment for people with HIV saves money and lives, finding that early treatment led to life expectancy gains valued at $80 billion for people infected with HIV between 1996 and 2009 and prevented another 188,000 people from contracting the virus.

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