Mapping Pathways is a multi-national project to develop and nurture a research-driven, community-led global understanding of the emerging evidence base around the adoption of antiretroviral-based prevention strategies to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The evidence base is more than results from clinical trials - it must include stakeholder and community perspectives as well.

06 May 2011

Initiating Anti-HIV Therapy at High CD4 Count Increases AIDS-Free Survival

via and CDC

Starting combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the threshold of 500 CD4 cells/microliter, rather than at 350 or lower, significantly reduces HIV patients' risk of progressing to AIDS, a new study shows.

US recommendations indicate treatment at the 500-cell point for asymptomatic HIV patients, while European and World Health Organization guidelines call for treatment at the 350-cell level. The authors of the current study -- Dr. Lauren E. Cain, with the Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues -- said information from randomized trials is inadequate to decide between the two approaches, and two large observational studies have yielded conflicting results.

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