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Which HIV Treatment Regimens Are Recommended for Newly Diagnosed Patients?

June 9, 2016

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Which HIV Treatment Regimens Are Recommended for Newly Diagnosed Patients?

In 2015, after the landmark study known as START definitively answered the "when to start" treatment question, all the major HIV treatment guidelines came to a consensus: Starting treatment immediately, regardless of CD4 cell count, is more beneficial than waiting until CD4 cell counts drop.

For newly diagnosed patients, starting a treatment regimen can be a stressful decision, but providers can help by choosing what works best for patients. To guide that decision, here are the first-line regimens currently recommended by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) antiretroviral therapy guidelines, with basic information and considerations for each regimen.

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