SEATTLE — Preventing one HIV infection in the U.S. would avert nearly $230,000 in lifetime medical costs, a researcher reported.

And if every HIV patient entered care early and got the best possible treatment, preventing an infection in the first place would save more than $338,000, according to Bruce Schackman, PhD, of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

The findings, from computer modeling, suggest that the value of HIV prevention in the U.S. is “substantial,” Schackman reported online in Medical Care and here at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

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