Nearly 1.2 million Americans get regular treatment for HIV, and Medicaid covers almost half of them – 47 percent. Only 1 percent of Medicaid clients have HIV; their care consumes 2 percent of the Medicaid budget ($5.3 billion). They represent 23 percent of all HIV-infected people in the U.S; not all those infected are receiving treatment.
African-Americans are at particular risk for HIV. Half of Medicaid HIV patients are African-American, and the CDC estimates new HIV infections run six times as high among African-Americans as for white men.
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