n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Immune reconstitution : immune reconstitution
|Article Title||Immune reconstitution : immune reconstitution|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine|
|Publication Date||Jul 2002|
|Keyword(s)||UCT Lung Institute|
In most HIV-infected patients commencing highly active antiretroviral therapy, viral load is reduced and with this subsequent immune restoration begins. Studies have shown that CD4+ T cells increase soon after therapy commencement, with the largest increase occurring in the first 3 months and the increase reducing in the 2nd and 3rd years. Immune reconstitution occurs even in those patients in whom severe immune suppression has occurred.
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