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HIV and AIDS Costs and Use is the first major research effort to collect information on a nationally representative sample of people in care for HIV infection. Also called the HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS), the core study is meant to help policymakers in the U.S. make informed decisions on the subject. The study describes the type of therapies available and costs of health care services for people with HIV/AIDS, as well as quality of care, social support, and non-medical services HIV/AIDS patients receive. Supplemental studies examine HIV care delivery in rural areas, prevalence of mental and substance abuse disorders, and other health issues of HIV/AIDS patients.