Study: AIDS patients should take meds sooner

CHICAGO The study found that people who have the AIDS virus should start drug treatments sooner than current guidelines recommend. It also found that delaying treatment until a patients immune system is badly damaged nearly doubles the risk of dying in the next few years, compared to patients whose treatment started earlier.

Doctors had thought it would be better to spare patients the side effects of AIDS drugs as long as possible.

The study was presented at the Infectious Diseases Conference in Washington.

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