EARLY IF NOT IMMEDIATE TREATMENT
Recent research from the START study has shown that early, if not immediate, treatment increases life expectancy, improves health and prevents serious illness by more than 50% compared to those who delay starting treatment.
Since April 2014, you can start treatment as soon as you are diagnosed with HIV.
In the early days of HIV care when only a few older treatments were available, people with HIV and their doctors would often delay treatment until someone’s CD4 count ‘fell’ to around 200. At the time this was thought to be the best time to start treatment because the only treatments available were known to cause side effects. These days, ARV treatments are more effective and far better tolerated by the body.
Talk to your doctor about the benefits of starting treatment as soon as possible.
Not ready to treat? Some may be reluctant to talk about treatment and delay starting treatment, usually because there is a lot of incorrect and out-dated information. Click here to read more information to help you bust some misconceptions.
You can also find more useful links to support services across NSW in the START Resource. The START Resource has been written by gay men living with HIV to help you make sense of an HIV diagnosis.