The Centers for Disease Control calculates the annual estimated cost of HIV using calculations that are based on the number of new diagnoses and then multiplied by the lifetime treatment costs. The total lifetime treatment costs of HIV (based on new diagnosis in 2009) is estimated to be $16 billion ($16,000,000,000). The states with the highest financial HIV burden were Florida with 5,775 new Diagnoses and a lifetime costs of $2,120,000,000, California with 4,886 new diagnosis and lifetime costs of $1,794,000,000, New York with 4,649 new diagnosis and lifetime costs of $1,707,000,000, and Texas with 4,291 new diagnosis and lifetime costs of $1,575, 000,000.
The current lifetime treatment cost for one HIV infection is estimated to be $379,668. Prevention logic assumes that there will be a ‘lifetime’ savings of $379,668 for every infection averted. Based on this logic, it makes good financial makes sense to spend large amounts of money on HIV prevention programs that are proven to prevent new infections.
The CDC has announced grants of $339 million to state and local health departments for HIV prevention activities in 2012. The way the money is being granted has changed a great deal, with money being sent to states based on the number of people living with HIV. Previously, funding was allocated to states based on the number of people living with AIDS. This changes has created a great deal of shift and realignment in almost every health department in the nation.
Most of the federal funding will help to support prevention efforts such as HIV testing, condom distribution, and other activities to help people with HIV reduce their risk of transmitting HIV.
An additional 20 million dollars will be awarded in March, through competitive grants, to help fund innovative HIV-prevention demonstration projects.
The financial costs of prevention, care, and treatment of HIV/AIDS is staggering, but the toll taken on the emotional and physical lives of HIV-Positive individuals can not be calculated or compared to the financial costs.
Think HIV/AIDS is not your concern, well think again! HIV/AIDS is everyone’s concern. Regardless of our HIV status, we all pay for HIV/AIDS in one way or another.