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This is especially the case for people globally who don’t have access to such newer regimens.
People who start treatment within nine days, compared with more than 90, may be less likely to be in medical care one year later.
A new analysis of the global START trial found that health outcomes were better for those starting treatment within six months.
The increasing mastery over the virus is one of humanity’s crowning achievements.
In 2015, research led the World Health Organization to recommend treating HIV regardless of CD4 count.
This finding comes from an analysis of the global START study, which proved in 2015 that starting HIV treatment early is best.
With a grant to follow their large study population through 2021, researchers hope to gain vital new insights about HIV infection.
Although more research on antiretroviral linked bone loss is needed, the overall health benefits of early treatment outweigh such a risk.
The major trial compared those starting HIV treatment immediately and those waiting till their CD4 counts dropped below 200.
Here’s a timeline of the highlights.
Starting HIV treatment soon after diagnosis leads to modest improvements in quality of life compared with delaying treatment.
Those who start antiretrovirals with more than 500 CD4 cells have a lower risk of developing infection-related cancers.
Those who begin HIV treatment soon after diagnosis experience more bone loss than those who defer taking antiretrovirals until HIV disease has...
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