Some HIV-Positive People Taking Longer to Initiate Treatment, Study Says
October 30, 2007
Some HIV-positive people in key demographic groups do not seek treatment any sooner than they did in the past, and some people now take longer to initiate treatment, according to a study published in the Nov. 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, United Press International reports (United Press International, 10/27).
People in all demographic categories, with the exception of MSM, demonstrated a trend of increased disease progression -- likely indicating that people are receiving HIV tests later after they contracted the virus than in the past -- the study found. The level of progression put the participants at an increased risk of poorer clinical outcomes from antiretroviral therapy than if they had presented earlier for care. In response to the findings, the researchers called on Maryland to implement new strategies to provide earlier HIV testing and referral to HIV care and treatment (Infectious Diseases Society of America release, 10/25).
The study is available online.
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