Starting treatment soon after HIV infection improves immune health, study finds

From the National Institutes of Health Website

In many countries outside the United States, decisions on when to start treatment for HIV infection are based on the level of certain white blood cells called CD4+ T cells, which are commonly measured to determine immune health. A study by National Institutes of Health grantees suggests that the best time to start treatment also should be based on how much time has elapsed since becoming HIV-infected. The researchers found that starting treatment within a year of seroconversion—the period within a few weeks of HIV infection when antibodies to the virus are first produced and their concentration reaches a detectable level—can improve immune health.

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