Study: Patients should start AIDS drug earlier

April 9, 2009 A new study finds patients should start taking drugs for the AIDS virus earlier to have the best chance of survival.

The study in The Lancet journal found patients were 28 percent more likely to develop full blown AIDS, or die, if they deferred treatment until the point currently recommended in many countries.

Current guidelines call for treatment only after it's been shown there is damage to the immune system.

This team concluded that a count of 350 cells should be the minimum threshold for starting treatment.

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