Disparities Remain Even As HIV Treatment Advances, Study Finds
A new study involving California patients shows that African-Americans and young adults with HIV both lagged behind advances for older white patients.
The California Health Report:
Armed With New Research, California Tries To Address HIV Disparities
Treatment with antiretroviral drugs can suppress the HIV virus, but only if people who are infected can access and stay on treatment, a multi-state study has found. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, found that rates of viral suppression improved from 32 percent in 1997 to 86 percent in 2015, among nearly 32,000 adults receiving treatment for HIV at eight U.S. medical centers, including two in California at UC San Francisco and UC San Diego. Reducing HIV to undetectable levels means a person can no longer transmit the virus to others, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Kritz, 9/18)
In other public health news —
The Latest On Safe Injection Sites In Orange County, Plus A New Study That’s Challenging Their Efficacy
A little over two years ago, Santa Ana saw the opening of the Orange County Needle Exchange program, which was backed by public health voices who pushed for it as an effective intervention method. But the program has been under fire since, from community members, as well as the Orange County Board of Supervisors. ...We look at the latest on the drug injection program in Orange County, as well as the recent developments in the public health research. (Mantle, 9/17)