Sunday, October 26, 2008

Flash - HIV Drug Treatment Needs To Start Earlier

Fresh from the ICAAC & IDSA meeting in Washington, DC. In a nutshell, recent findings suggest that HIV drug therapy should be started earlier, reports this short Houston Chronicle news article, "AIDS treatment should start sooner, study finds." If you're interested, I've embedded the video proceedings of the press session of the conference:

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rose said...

Oct. 27, 2008 Washington, D.C. Hundreds of thousands of lives could be saved if treatment for HIV-infected patients were started earlier than current guidelines suggest, researchers report.The guidelines now call for initiating antiviral therapy in any person who develops symptoms of AIDS or whose CD4 T-cell count -- a measure of how much damage HIV has done to the immune system -- drops to less than 350 cells per cubic millimeter of blood.But in a study of more than 8,000 patients, those without symptoms who started therapy when their CD4 count was between 351 and 500 cells per cubic millimeter of blood were less likely to die than those who waited until the count was lower, says Mari Kitahata, MD, of the University of Washington in Seattle.

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