4 Facts About HIV Treatment
- A worldwide study called the Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment (START), supported by the National Institutes of Health, found that it's better to treat HIV early, while a person's CD4+ T-cell count is still high. Source: START trial results. New England Journal of Medicine, 2015.
- A review of the START study found that when people with HIV were treated early, while their CD4+ T-cell count was still high, the risk of getting a serious HIV- or non-HIV-related illness, or dying from any cause, was decreased by 57%.
- HIV treatment lowers viral load. When this happens, there's less of a chance that someone who's HIV-positive will pass the virus to someone else.
- People with HIV who are on HIV treatment, and have their viral load decreased, can now live healthier lives.
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