This research brief describes work documented in Do People with HIV Get the Dental Care They Need? Results of the HCSUS Study (RB-9067).

Excerpt: The good news about HIV care in the United States is that treatment costs are not prohibitive — the average cost per patient equals about $20,000 a year. Although these costs represent a growing burden on the public sector, they are still smaller than the costs of treating some other major diseases. The bad news, however, is that one-half to two-thirds of American adults infected with HIV do not get regular care, and even fewer receive the most advanced anti-HIV therapy.

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