Does where you live have any impact on your health? Yes it does. You’re not even meeting your basic needs which is shelter first. A recent study from John Hopkins University shed some light on a subject we all tend to ‘turn a blind eye’ towards-The Poor.
Researchers at the university followed 6,366 patients in the mostly black, low-income part of a city marked by abandoned buildings and plagued by an illegal drug trade that drew national attention on the gritty television series “The Wire.” The key to helping poorer HIV patients – particularly blacks and women – live longer, healthier lives, according to a 15-year study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases
From 1995 to 2010, doctors at Hopkins joined with social workers and other experts to treat HIV, and address other aspects of care that can often derail patients, such as being able to fill prescriptions or access health insurance programs for the needy.
They found that with additional assistance, at-risk patients who contract the virus in their late 20s can expect to live to about age 73 despite their race, sex or drug use, compared with some earlier data that showed higher mortality rates among such groups.
“Just like over time we have developed medications that are easier to take, have fewer toxicities and are more effective, I think we’ve done exactly the same things in our ability to deliver quality care to this particular population,” Dr. Richard Moore, the study’s lead author, said in an interview.
Previous studies have shown that certain groups of HIV patients — the poor, minorities, women and drug users — tended to have worse outcomes and die earlier. Moore found that more comprehensive care that addresses problems such as homelessness and a lack of reliable transportation can help an average 28-year-old with HIV live roughly 45 more years with no significantly higher risk of various infections or other complications. Now, remember these individuals in the study didn’t receive any medications or health care, so extending their lives was a success in this study.