Trending News Today: Ten Percent of Patients Lack Optimal Geographic Access to HIV Care

Top news of the day from across the health care landscape.

A new study found that approximately 10% of individuals with HIV have suboptimal geographic access to HIV care, The American Journal of Managed Care reported. According to the article, the study used 4 federal databases to identify sites providing comprehensive HIV care, as well as publicly available data to estimate county-level time to HIV care in 48 states for 2013. Overall, the researchers found that the national median drive time is 69 minutes, with 82% of counties and 19% of individuals with HIV who have a travel time of 30 minutes or more, the article reported.

Racial disparity in US prostate cancer mortality may be largely due to differences in care, Reuters reported. According to the article, a study published in JAMA Oncology compared outcomes for 3 groups of patients with the same type of prostate cancer. In the 2 groups receiving equal medical care, black men had the same survival odds as white men, indicating disparate outcomes that may be due to unequal access to care, the article reported.

On Thursday, CDC officials reported that US measles incidence has reached 971 cases in the first 5 months of 2019, exceeding a 25-year-old record, The Associated Press reported. According to the article, measles cases for all of 1994 reached 963 reported illnesses. In 1992, the United States saw more than 2200 measles cases, the article reported.