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September 9, 1992

Costs of HIV/AIDS Rise, Care Disparities Increase

JAMA. 1992;268(10):1246. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490100040005

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AS IN ANY war, the costs of the global battle against AIDS can be measured in personnel and materiel. Although more physicians and nurses directly engaged in caring for persons with HIV infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome are needed in many areas, it is the lack of money for prevention and treatment options that frustrates the best intentions of many engaged in the struggle.

At the Eighth International Conference on AIDS, held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Daniel Tarantola, MD, of the Global AIDS Policy Coalition at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Mass, addressed this issue. He presented figures that he and colleague Charles Cameron, MBA, MPH, gathered for 1990 and 1991 that he says will apply to 1992 as well, since no major increases are expected to occur in the near future.

Tarantola and Cameron estimate that it now costs the world between $2.6 billion and $3.5 billion