Brazil Extends Free ART to All With CD4 Count Below 500
01 September 2012 - Responding to current research showing advantages to starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) at a CD4 count above 350 cells/ÁL, Brazil expanded free antiretroviral coverage to anyone with a count below 500 cells/ÁL, BloombergBusinessWeek reports.
Health Ministry official Ronaldo Hallal explained that recent studies show that the "earlier treatment begins, the better is the quality of life of a person infected with the HIV virus." The randomized HPTN 052 trial also showed that earlier ART greatly lowers the risk of HIV transmission to sex partners.
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