Early AIDS Treatment Helpful But Is It Affordable?

By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Early drug treatment may increase survival time for AIDS patients, according to a recent study by Harvard. Some doctors are recommending treatment even before the patient is at risk of AIDS-related complications.

But an AIDS specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis says limited resources have to be considered.

“We still need to do more studies that really look at whether we should treat people very early when the clinical benefit is very small or modest,” said Dr. Keith Henry of HCMC.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

He’s worried that more seriously ill patients will be denied expensive treatment if drugs are given to patients who don’t face an immediate threat.

Dr. Henry is calling for clinical studies to more clearly define the appropriate time for treatment.

At one time a diagnosis of AIDS was considered a death sentence but dramatic advancements in treatment have been made.

“We’re hoping for people to have near normal life expectancy if they’re identified to be infected and get treatment at the appropriate time,” said Henry.

  • Rusty Shackelford

    Good idea Bruce, more time for these “victims” to infect others.

    • Ashley

      Wow… You have no compassion for others, do you? People can aids from a cheating partner or other freak accidents, but you are going to sit there and type victims with quotes around it? Regardless of how someone got it they don’t deserve the life that comes with it. Most people aren’t going to go around and infect others when they know they areinfected. You are ignorant.

      • Ashley

        between can and aids there should be a get

  • help

    i want aids, by aid u mean help right? ahahaha

    • Jo

      Non relevant comment. Stay on subject or be quiet.

      • Rusty Shackelford

        It is as relevent as it gets Jo. Undereducated and overopinionated. Typical leftty/ Obama supporters.

        • Jo

          Again not applicable-since you can’t stay on subject- just keep it to yourself-because no one cares what you have to say.

          • Rusty Shackelford

            You want us to think that Jo. Problem is, we are finally waking up to your radical ideals, we will not pay for your Aids treatments.

            • Rusty Shackelford

              I think alot of people care about what I have to say. And people like you are quick to prejudge others too quickly Jo. Get out of your plastic bubble.

  • Rusty Shackelford

    You liberals are all losers at life. You live in the best country for the last 185+ years and you still have not adjusted to life. Complaints and protests, along with unwarranted entitlement will leave you behind and you know it. So you try and tear us down and rebuild us into a socialist society. The rest of you are just not very bright.

    • Mz P

      If you have a job, Where do you find all this time to troll WCCO’s comment pages? Just asking…

  • Tyrone DeShawn Jackson

    I’m with Rusty, they should just euthanize these aids “patients.” What ever happened to personal responsibility and accountability?

    • Mike

      What if you get AIDS by blood transfusion or your a health care worker who is affected by their jobs?
      I think you and Rusty should do society a favor and jump off a bridge………

      • Tyrone DeShawn Jackson

        Naturally a responsible person that gets AIDS as a result of a freak accident would have to be taken care of. They would have to live out their days on the Island of Responsible AIDS victims, which would be paid for in FULL by the savings from not treating (and eliminating) the other 99% of irresponsible/uneducated sexoholics and drug users. It would be a paradise on earth, I assure you Mike.

    • Mz P

      Ur dumb…

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