Study examines best time for healthy HIV-infected people to begin antiretrovirals

Monday, March 7, 2011 - 15:00 in Health & Medicine

A major new clinical trial seeks to determine whether HIV-infected asymptomatic individuals have less risk of developing AIDS or other serious illness if they begin taking antiretrovirals sooner rather than later, based on their level of CD4+ T-cells. An HIV-infected individual's level of CD4+ T-cells—commonly referred to as their CD4 count—is a key measure of immune system health. The study is co-funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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