Tag: early HIV treatment

Since the arrival of the first anti-HIV drug in the late 1980s, the question of when to begin treatment in the course of HIV disease has ignited debate. Over the years, recommendations about the ideal treatment starting point have moved back and forth between early and late initiation. In the past decade, however, the evidence… Read more »

Leading figures in the HIV response have endorsed a call for immediate access to antiretroviral therapy for all people upon diagnosis with HIV, on the opening day of the Eighth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) in Vancouver, Canada. The Vancouver Consensus Statement has been endorsed by leaders of… Read more »

A large, well-designed clinical trial called START has confirmed that by initiating anti-HIV therapy early—when their CD4+ cell counts are still relatively high—HIV-positive people can significantly reduce their risk of developing AIDS, other serious illnesses unrelated to AIDS or dying. According to the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the results from… Read more »