Regular Clinic Attendance Especially Beneficial for People with HIV who have Low CD4 Counts

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From aidsmap.com

Strong association between regular clinic attendance and achieving undetectable viral load

People taking HIV treatment who have a low CD4 cell count are especially likely to achieve an undetectable viral if they attend their routine clinic appointments, research published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes suggests.

The US study showed that retention in HIV care had a stronger association with viral suppression for people with a low CD4 cell count than people with stronger immune systems.

Overall, people with higher CD4 cell counts were more likely to achieve an undetectable viral load. However, the effect of regular clinic attendance on the chances of viral suppression was greater for people with immune suppression.

“While it is well established that retention in care is important for all HIV-infected patients”, write the authors, “our data suggest that retention in care may be even more central…

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