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Updated HIV Treatment Guidelines Recommend More Drug Options, Less CD4 Testing

By Myles Helfand

May 1, 2014

The latest revision to the official U.S. HIV treatment guidelines highlights the growing number of excellent first-line HIV treatment regimens and a deepening agreement among experts that viral load, not CD4 count, is what really matters when gauging treatment success.

The revised guidelines, posted to AIDSinfo on May 1, represent the cumulative wisdom of a diverse panel of HIV experts convened by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This marks the first full update to the guidelines since Feb. 12, 2013.

Among the most noteworthy changes this time around:

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