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New HIV Survey Findings

By on December 1, 2015
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New survey shows 66% of respondents more concerned about other chronic health conditions than their HIV. According to survey respondents, their chronic health conditions had an effect on their HIV therapy.

The majority (58%) of all people surveyed reported that their HIV healthcare provider had changed their HIV medicine treatment plan at least once because of their other chronic health conditions. More than one in five respondents under the age of 40 years (23%) reported their HIV medicine treatment plan had been changed more than five times since they started antiretroviral therapy, each time due at least in part to one of their chronic health conditions.

“In just the past 20 years, we have seen the HIV treatment landscape shift from limited or no treatment options, to the wide variety of therapies available today,” said Dr. Michael Gottlieb, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. “As physicians, we now have the flexibility to tailor treatment plans for our patients living with HIV, taking into consideration factors like their age and any chronic conditions.”

Dr. Michael Gottlieb, co-author of the first paper to the CDC identifying AIDS as a disease. His early involvement is chronicled in And the Band Played On and he’s also an advisor to the board of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

Talking to Dr. Gottlieb, he commented on the state of HIV/AIDS in America.

“If we [United States] had been much more aggressive in the early years, disseminating information and education, we’d likely seen less people getting infected with HIV. It’s no secret the resources of the federal government were applied late to the epidemic, we learned many lessons; If you compare to the governments response to Ebola for example.”

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The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Merck, Kenilworth, NJ, from September 14 – October 9, 2015, among 519 U.S. adults 18 years of age and older who had been living with diagnosed HIV for ten years or longer, were at the time taking anti-retroviral medications for their HIV and had at least one co-existing chronic health condition.