A recent study that was conducted by the University of Bristol’s Antiretroviral Therapy Cohort Collaboration concluded that young people living with HIV now have about the same life expectancy as the general population. This is the kind of evidence that celebrates science and sustains hope in a world where there is so much threatening both. It’s the kind of evidence that serves as a foundation for health-related program planners, managers and evaluators.
I remember being a newly graduated nurse in 1996 when treatments for HIV/AIDS were just becoming available. The HIV positive patient was one that still wasn’t expected to do well in the best of circumstances and in the hospital, often regarded as “comfort care” with extreme precautions. It was a scary time!
Research collaborations such as the Antiretroviral Therapy Cohort Collaboration, provide our country’s leaders and decision-makers with necessary information to propose legislation such as the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017. With this bill, congress acknowledged the value of HIV prevention, treatment, care and continued research funded by U.S. tax payers. Much of the funding that was proposed to be terminated in the 2017 budget drafts will continue.
The Antiretroviral Therapy Cohort Collaboration reflects the values of collaboration, knowledge and science as the basis for knowledge, that underlie the Public Health Code of Ethics. This organization also reflects the principles that public health should seek information needed to implement effective policies and programs that protect and promote health.
Lupine’s program planning and evaluation services are designed to reflect the evidence that supports the need for your organization in the community. Our planning and evaluation process includes rigorous examination of public documents and the most recent published literature relating to your targeted consumer population and the most effective and efficient programs to meet their needs. We at Lupine Creative Consulting, Inc. take pride in assisting organizations in contributing to public health and community wellbeing.
Public Health Leadership Society (2002). Principles of the ethical practice of public health: version 2.2. Public Health Leadership Society.
The Antiretroviral Therapy Cohort Collaboration (2017). Survival of HIV-positive patients starting antiretroviral therapy between 1996 and 2013: a collaborative analysis of cohort studies. The Lancet HIV, doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(17)30066-8.
University of Bristol (2017). Antiretroviral therapy cohort collaboration. Retrieved from http://www.bristol.ac.uk/art-cc/.
Webel, A. (2017). HIV/AIDS funding has high return on investment. Retrieved from https://www.usnews.com/news/healthcare-of-tomorrow/articles/2017-06-05/hiv-aids-funding-is-an-investment-worth-protecting.