Study Shows Significant Cost Savings in Preventing HIV Infection
Preventing HIV infection in one 35-year-old high-risk person saves $229,800 in medical costs over a lifetime, according to an AHRQ-funded study. Researchers, including AHRQ’s John A. Fleishman, Ph.D., estimated lifetime medical costs for people with and without HIV to determine the cost saved by preventing one HIV infection. The article and abstract “The Lifetime Medical Cost Savings from Preventing HIV in the United States,” appeared online February 24 in the journal Medical Care. Although people who acquire HIV infection can be successfully treated and continue to live a near-normal life, this study demonstrates the significant value of preventing HIV infection, from both cost and quality-of-life perspectives.
Med Care. 2015 Apr;53(4):293-301. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000308.
The Lifetime Medical Cost Savings From Preventing HIV in the United States.
Schackman BR1, Fleishman JA, Su AE, Berkowitz BK, Moore RD, Walensky RP, Becker JE, Voss C, Paltiel AD, Weinstein MC, Freedberg KA, Gebo KA, Losina E.
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