State encourages ongoing care for HIV patients

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials are making a push to link HIV-infected state residents to follow-up care with their doctors.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/16qh9Fm) reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded Alaska a three-year, $420,000 grant to encourage ongoing care.

The state estimates there are 622 Alaskans who have tested positive for HIV but only 54 percent are in medical care.

Susan Jones of the Alaska Department of Social Services says the grant will be used to identify HIV-positive Alaskans and reintroduce them to medical care.

Jones says new treatments increase to chance of making a patient virally repressed. That lessens the chances that the virus will be spread to others.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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