This research brief describes work documented in Variations in the Care of HIV-Infected Adults in the United States: Results from the HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study, Journal of the American Medical Association, v. 281, no. 24, June 23-30, 1999, p. 2305-2315.

Excerpt: Recent clinical advances have made HIV/AIDS a highly treatable disease. Appropriate medical care can prolong the lives of HIV-infected individuals and prevent unnecessary and potentially costly complications. However, not all HIV-infected individuals have sufficient access to medical care. Although previous research has suggested that some segments of the HIV-infected population encounter serious difficulties in accessing care, the HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) is the first study to demonstrate systemic, socioeconomic differences in access to HIV care across all regions of America.

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