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Very Early HIV Treatment May Delay Disease Progression, Raise CD4 Count

Starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) within the first 6 months after infection may slow immune system decline and raise CD4 T-cell counts, but the benefits may not last after treatment is stopped, according to a pair of studies published in January 17, 2013, New England Journal of Medicine.

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IAS 2011: HIV Treatment In Primary Infection: 48 Week Course Modestly Delays CD4 Drop

A 48-week course of antiretroviral treatment started within six months of becoming infected modestly delays the need for lifelong treatment, reported Sarah Fidler of Imperial College, London, at the 6th International AIDS Society Conference (IAS 2011) in Rome.alt

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5 Drugs No Better than 3 for Treatment of Primary HIV Infection

An intensive antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimen consisting of 5 drugs from 4 different classes did not lead to better outcomes after 1 year than a standard 3-drug regimen started during acute or early HIV infection, according to study data presented at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2011) last week in Boston.alt

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