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average time before starting
Feb 11, 2005

How much time is it, on average, from when a person gets infected until he needs to start treatment?

Response from Dr. Young

There is a lot of individual variation to this, but in the average case, there is a delay of several years from time of initial infection and the need to start HIV medications. If the time of initial infection is known (unfortunately, this is often not the case), it can take upwards of 3- to 8 years before CD4 counts reach thresholds to start.

This is a gross oversimplification of the situation, since many other factors govern when a particular individual might consider starting. For discussions on these details (including opinions from other authors), I'd encourage you to surf this form's "when to start" category.

Thanks for reading. BY



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