The demand for services combined with the increasing number of patients living with HIV/AIDS is far outpacing the number of physicians in the field. In addition, the number of providers entering the HIV/AIDS workforce is not sufficient to fill the gap left by those retiring, according to the first large-scale study of America’s HIV clinician workforce.
The field of ID, has had a profound effect on HIV/AIDS. Pioneers of the field helped lead the global response and developed procedures that have been credited for saving countless lives.
Today, there are more than 1 million people in the United States living with HIV/AIDS, and another 45,000+ become infected each year. While advances in care and research have helped life expectancies approach the national norm, about 66 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States are not in treatment, imperiling their health and putting them at risk for infecting others.
The IDSA Foundation is working to address the alarming need for more HIV specialists through its HIVMA Medical Students Program.
The need for early career physicians like you is urgent. The choice you make at this stage in your career can help reverse the declining trend of new doctors entering the field of ID and HIV and can impact the most vulnerable communities ravaged by this disease.