Earlier HIV Treatments Means Improved Survival Rate

October 28, 2008

According to a new study, the earlier HIV treatment begins, the better the chance of survival is for patients..............Washington (ChattahBox) – According to a new study, the earlier HIV treatment begins, the better the chance of survival is for patients.

Researchers were led by Mari Kitahata of the University of Washington-Seattle and analyzed 8,374 patients who received highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART).

Some of them received it early on in the disease’s onset, and some had it delayed.

70% received it in a delayed schedule, while 30% received it earlier than normal.

What they found was that the HIV patients who received it as part of a schedule that was delayed experienced a 71% increased death risk.

The findings were revealed at the 48th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in Washington.


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