In the 1980s, at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, more than 59,000 Americans lost their lives to this brutal disease. The $146.6 billion that federal funding have contributed to the battle against AIDS, just since 2012, is paying off. But the fight is far from over.
AIDS still claims far too many lives. And HIV is still far too costly, increasing the average patient’s healthcare costs by roughly 20%. So to help build awareness for this important cause, WalletHub put together an infographic filled with HIV/AIDS factoids and consulted a panel of experts about the disease’s various costs. You can find everything below.
Ask The Experts: HIV/AIDS Then & Now
To gain a better understanding of the fight against HIV/AIDS, WalletHub posed the following questions to a panel of experts. You can check out their bios and responses below.
Do you believe we will have a cure for HIV/AIDS in the next 50 years?
How can state and local authorities work to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS?
Should the government mandate pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) be covered by all insurance plans, including Medicaid?
Ph.D. – Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Harold Simon Professor, University of California, San Diego Department of Medicine, Co-Director, Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics
MPH, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Center for Healthy Communities, Department of Social Medicine, Population and Public Health, University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
Vice Chair, Global Health, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Washington
Ph.D., MPH, Professor - General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
MD – Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Research, SUNY Stony Brook
Gerald M. Oppenheimer
Ph.D., MPH – Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
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