Study: Start AIDS medicines before symptoms appear

02/8/2006 | · Reuters

U.S. researchers found HIV/AIDS patients who begin taking combination drug therapy early rather than waiting for symptoms to appear develop 28% fewer cases of kidney failure and peripheral neuropathy. The rate of opportunistic infections, side effects and death also were lower in patients who began treatment earlier, the study found. The results counter federal guidelines that say patients should hold off on treatment until their white blood cell count drops below a certain level.

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