Articles tagged with: standards of care

Six-monthly CD4 cell monitoring 'unnecessary' for people doing well on HIV therapy

published: February, 05, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

How often do you see your doctor for CD4 blood work? This important study reported on the UK’s aidsmap.com suggests that some changes may be in order

Six-monthly CD4 cell monitoring 'unnecessary' for people doing well on HIV therapy

This story by Michael Carter was first published on aidsmap.com here. CD4 cell count monitoring more than once a year is unnecessary for people doing well on HIV therapy, investigators from the United States report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. They found that there was a 99% probability over five years that people whose viral load was suppressed and who had a CD4 cell count above 300 cells/mm3 would maintain a CD4 level adequate to protect them from opportunistic inf

HIV and the Older Patient

published: April, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

New US HIV Treatment Guidelines which discuss when to start antiretroviral therapy also include an important new section on HIV and the older patient.

HIV and the Older Patient

Editor’s note:  The most eye-catching piece of information here – and this is new - is the statement that if you’re living with HIV, over 50 years of age and haven’t yet started antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now recommend HIV treatment, regardless of your CD4 cell count. PositiveLite.com discussed the guidelines relating to the general  HIV-positive population here. Today we focus specifically on the section relating to HIV and aging

New 2011 HIV Treatment Guidelines

published: January, 31, 2011 Categories // Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment

Devan Nambiar looks at recent changes in standards of care for people living with HIV

The US Dept. of Health and Humans Services updated the HIV treatment guidelines in January 2011. The review and clinical updates is conducted twice a year as science understands more of the intricacies of HART and the immune health. What has changed? 1. The guidelines state that CD4 + cells /mm3 only need to be monitored every 6 to 12 months for most HIV positive persons who are successful on HART and does not have another concomitant illness. Concomitant illness such as kidney disease, liver