Podcast interview with AIDS Fund President Kandy Ferree

New research estimates that 640,000 people in the US who are living with HIV/AIDS are not in treatment. A survey commissioned by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) aimed to understand the underlying causes.

The survey found significant differences in perceptions between health care providers and HIV positive people regarding barriers to treatment. Providers were more likely to cite substance abuse and financial distress as key factors keeping people out of treatment. Meanwhile people with HIV/AIDS were more likely to mention concerns about the side effects of HIV medications, denial of the need for treatment among those not feeling ill, and social stigma.

BMS and the National AIDS Fund are launching the “Positive Charge” initiative to help “break down the barriers that prevent people living with HIV from receiving HIV care, treatment and necessary support.”

In this podcast interview, National AIDS Fund President and CEO Kandy Ferree discusses the survey results and lays out the Positive Charge program.

December 9, 2009

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