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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update

Annual AIDS Tab May Hit $1 B


Associated Press (01/17/90)

The AIDS epidemic will cost America $1 billion a year over the next four years, and San Francisco alone $35 million a year, Dr. George Rutherford, head of the San Francisco AIDS office, told a congressional hearing Tuesday. San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos, describing the city's model AIDS program as "near collapse," added, "...Now, for the first time, there is reason to believe that we can stave off death with early intervention treatments...and yet the hope that science and research has bought comes at a price that government won't pay." Bitterly commenting on federal funding policies, Agnos said something is "seriously wrong" with a federal policy that will pay for AIDS hospitalization costs only if a patient has pneumonia and not for earlier treatment before symptoms appear. Rep. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) pointed out the paradox of spending millions to research AIDS treatments, but stopping "at the point of making these drugs available to all who are unable to secure life saving treatments through their own means.


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