The U.S. has highly respected official guidelines on when the best time is for a person to start HIV meds, as well as what to start treatment with. They currently recommend:
To learn more about each of the HIV meds that U.S. guidelines list as potential first-line drugs, browse this page or pick from the list below:
When to Start
As of 2015, all five major international HIV treatment guidelines recommend starting HIV antiretroviral therapy immediately for all individuals living with HIV, regardless of CD4 count.
Paul E. Sax, M.D.
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
Lisa Fitzpatrick, M.D., M.P.H.