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Starting treatment on the day of HIV diagnosis improves retention and viral suppression, Haiti study shows
Keith Alcorn, 2016-07-21 07:20:00
Interventions to improve linkage to care and retention in
treatment which speed up the start of treatment or provide intensive support
to people before starting treatment produce better retention in care than
standard practices, researchers reported at the 21st International
AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa, on Wednesday.
Starting HIV treatment on the day of diagnosis resulted in
significantly better outcomes for people in Haiti, while a package of
interventions including accelerated ART, CD4 counts at diagnosis and intensive
support delivered in Swaziland resulted in significantly better linkage to care
and retention after one year on ART, the studies showed.
conducted in San Francisco has shown that same-day treatment intitiation
was acceptable to patients and succeeded in retaining people in care. There is
still little information about the practicalities of same-day treatment
initiation in low and middle-income settings.