AIDS Treatment From Fallon Health Insurance Helps Stop Spread

From the Associated Press’ Marilynn Marchione, “Treating HIV also prevents its spread, study finds.”  A recent Canadian study, partly funded by the United States, found that the rate of AIDS infections decreased in the areas of Canada where more people started taking drugs for the disease.  Infections dropped by 3% in British Columbia, where the study was performed.  Since 1996, the number of new infections has been reduced by half, which correlates with a rise in treatment since Canada has offered free AIDS care and the introduction of modern AIDS drug treatments.  The director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases states that where there is more drug therapy there is less transmission.  He says that there is really no other explanation for the drop in news AIDS cases in Canada.

While the U.S. does not offer free treatment to everyone, Fallon Health Insurance and other health insurers often cover the cost of drug therapy for AIDS patients.  With 1.1 million HIV infected Americans, AIDS experts hope that the results of this study will help improve U.S. funding for AIDS patients to get drugs.  While there are 55,000 new cases of AIDS each year in the U.S., that is a number that hasn’t increased or decreased in a decade or so.  Since AIDS is incurable, it is crucial to find a way to stop the spread of the disease.  Previous studies in Africa showed similar results, as did studies indicating that pregnant women taking AIDS drugs are less likely to pass the disease on to the unborn fetus.  An increased effort in Washington, San Francisco, and New York to test and give early treatment to more people will hopefully be taken throughout the U.S. soon.

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