- September 14th 2012
Significant health improvements have been made among HIV-infected adults in the United States, according to a study in the Sept. 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Those advancements include an increase in the proportion of people taking highly active anti-retroviral therapy, researchers said. The treatment consists of using at least three drugs to maximally suppress the HIV virus and stop progression of the disease.
In 2008, 83% of HIV-infected adults who received care were prescribed the therapy, up from 74% in 2000.
“This is good news for the HIV epidemic in the U.S., but there is room for improvement,” said lead author Keri N. Althoff, PhD, MPH.
“We need to continue to focus on linking HIV-infected adults into care and effective treatment, not only for the individual’s health, but to reduce the likelihood of transmission to others,” said Althoff, an assistant professor in the Dept. of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Mary [Read more]