HIV Treatment and Racial Disparities

Researchers looked at racial and ethnic disparities in claims for antiretroviral use during pregnancy for Medicaid enrollees between 2005 - 2007.  An important finding was that Hispanic women were almost four times as likely as white women to not receive ARVs during pregnancy.  Additionally, overall more than a third of women had no claims for prenatal ARVs.  Despite having the ability to cover HIV medications for all pregnant women enrollees, more needs to be done in order to ensure these women are receiving treatment to prevent perinatal HIV.



Zhang S, Senteio C, Felizzola J, Rust G. Racial/ethnic disparities in antiretroviral treatment among HIV-infected pregnant Medicaid enrolless, 2005-2007. Am J Public Health. 2013 Dec;103(12):e46-53.



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