n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - When to start antiretroviral therapy in adults : the results of HPTN 052 move us closer to a 'test-and-treat' policy : opinion
|Article Title||When to start antiretroviral therapy in adults : the results of HPTN 052 move us closer to a 'test-and-treat' policy : opinion|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Sep 2011|
|Pages||9 - 11|
When is the best time to initiate antiretroviral therapy (ART) in adults? This is a vital question in HIV treatment and prevention services. More specifically, is the 350 cells/µl CD4 count threshold recommended by current World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines sufficient, or should we move to a 'test-and-treat' approach in which anyone who tests HIV-positive is offered ART, irrespective of their CD4 count? The recently announced results of the HPTN 052 trial take us closer, but not all the way, to a test-and-treat approach.
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