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Expenditures for the Care of HIV-Infected Patients in Rural Areas in China's Antiretroviral Therapy Programs (BMC Medicine)

January 1, 2011

Journal Article

Authors: Feng Zhou, Gerald F. Kominski, PhD, et al

To plan to care for its AIDS patients in the future, China needed to get a handle on how much it has been spending to treat HIV. So, Chinese and U.S. researchers — including Center Associate Director Gerald F. Kominski — examined actual expenditures under the free China CARES program, as well as factors influencing costs for patients in rural China after antiretroviral treatment has begun. In a paper published in the journal BMC Medicine, the authors report expenditures, noting that antiviral drugs made up most of the total costs of treatment. They also conclude that initiating retroviral treatment earlier in patients with HIV will reduce costs of treating adverse side effects and opportunistic infections in people with AIDS.

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