Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Earlier Treatment of HIV Warranted in Some Patients

I just heard about this through an ASHP Newslink email, "Earlier Treatment of HIV Warranted in Some Patients." The email summarized the findings in this way, "New guidelines for the treatment of HIV infection in adults address evolving issues in care, such as initiating therapy early in the course of disease in asymptomatic patients. The guidelines, from the International AIDS Society--USA Panel, discuss starting treatment before CD4+ T-cell levels fall to 350 per microliter in patients with certain comorbid conditions or health risk factors. Recommended initial antiretroviral regimens include efavirenz or a ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitor plus two nucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitors."

For the full details, read the source JAMA article, "Antiretroviral Treatment of Adult HIV Infection 2008 Recommendations of the International AIDS Society–USA Panel."

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