n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Initiating antiretroviral therapy

Volume 2005, Issue 20
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



Extracted from text ... THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN JOURNAL OF HIV MEDICINE SEPTEMBER 2005 49 Initiating antiretroviral therapy Gary Maartens Division of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Cape Town The current South African Department of Health guideline on when to initiate highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in adults is based on the 2002 WHO guidelines. It is a very conservative guideline, with HAART being initiated with AIDS, diagnosed either clinically (World Health Organization (WHO) stage 4) or immunologically (CD4+ lymphocyte count < 200 cells/?l). The current Southern African HIV Clinicians Society guidelines extend these conservative guidelines to include patients with other evidence of clinical immune suppression (WHO clinical stage 3) and patients with CD4 counts 200 - 350 cells/?l. ..

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