Oct 15, 2008
Dr. Bob, If the new treatment guideline is to start treatment at CD4 count of 350, is the new definition of AIDS also at CD4 count of 350? or still at the CD4 count of 200?
Response from Dr. Frascino
The CDC case definition for AIDS is completely independent of treatment guidelines. The definition for AIDS remains the same. Guidelines for when to begin antiretrovirals have changed a number of times, based on increased knowledge of HIV/AIDS pathogenesis and the development and availability of new, novel, less toxic and better tolerated antiretroviral therapies.
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