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February 1, 2012

Most People With HIV in Mississippi Fail to Get Treatment

More than two thirds of all Mississippians who test positive for HIV refuse medical treatment, the Clarion Ledger reports. The state health department is reporting that a majority of those individuals are not getting into care because of stigma, cost and lack of access to medical care. In foregoing care, they not only damage their own health but also increase the risk of spreading the virus. Statewide, nearly 9,500 residents are HIV positive.
 
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David Phillips, College Park, MD, 2012-02-03 08:52:48
"Refuse" is an awfully harsh word to be used by a supposedly HIVer-friendly publication. Effective reatment requires access to the clinical setting, money or benefits for meds, and the stability in schedule and hosting to be adherent--and those are challenges for most lower-income and rural HIVers, according to the original piece.

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