Report Examines U.S. AIDS Response Compared to Other High Income Countries

Published: July 24, 2012

A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the United States’ response to HIV over the last 30 years compared to that of other high-income countries. The report compares the U.S. to seven other similarly situated nations – Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom – noting patterns and themes that have emerged from their experiences. Key areas examined include governance of the national responses, the roles of affected communities and non-governmental actors, policies relating to HIV testing, prevention, care and treatment, and stigma and discrimination.

Responding to AIDS at Home & Abroad: How the U.S. and Other High Income Countries Compare finds that though the countries have faced similar challenges from the disease, their responses have differed at times and are often shaped by their varied structures of government, cultures, and demographics. As the only one of the eight nations without universal health care coverage, for example, the U.S. faced a unique challenge in creating and putting in place a system to care for those with HIV. The report discusses what the findings might mean for continuing and future efforts to prevent and control HIV/AIDS in these countries.

Kaiser, in partnership with the International AIDS Society, is the official webcaster for the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) taking place in Washington, D.C. this week and will offer free online coverage of the conference including webcasts, podcasts and daily news recaps.
The Kaiser Family Foundation, a leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people. The Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, California.

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