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wiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-02-06 11:29 PM
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92. Thanks for what you do, again. We can get the money we all need if
we don't give up. Yes, you addressed my concerns. My most urgent point is that we can help people so much more if the money and support is there to get tested, and if they test positive. The average treatment cost for someone who comes into care with AIDS is about $500,000. If we can see people when they are not so sick and have higher CD4 counts, it can be as little as $50,000. The newly proposed Ryan White Care Act Reauthorization not only mandates testing, but actually encourages the development of programs for people with HIV/HCV. But it needs to have 675 million more if we are going to test and treat people. It will be ten times as expensive if we don't fully fund it, and there will be a lot of doctors, case managers, nurses, health educators, counselors and other support staff who just will not be available to provide services.
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