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TheBodyPRO.com covers EACS 2013

6 Approaches to Improving Long-Term HIV Treatment Adherence

December 3, 2013

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Monitoring-Based Strategies

Monitoring-Based Strategies

Reducing viral load to an undetectable level is one of the main goals of starting HIV treatment. However, the period of time that begins immediately after patient gets to undetectable is when he or she is most at risk of a viral rebound, according to study results by Viviane D. Lima, M.D., and colleagues.

This "risk phase" is shortest, at about 12 months, in patients with an adherence level of 95% or higher. At lower levels of adherence, that risk phase lengthens to between 48 and 60 months.

"Although perfect adherence remains an important goal of therapy to prevent disease progression, individuals with long-term viral suppression may be able to miss more doses without experiencing viral rebound," Lima et al write.






This article was provided by TheBodyPRO.com. It is a part of the publication The 14th European AIDS Conference (EACS 2013).
 


 

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