Tuesday, December 1, 2009


The World Health Organization now advises giving antiretroviral therapy to people with HIV earlier in the infection cycle, which should slow progression of the disease in individuals and also put a brake on its spread. These changes will likely have their biggest impact in poorer countries. Previously it advised starting antiretroviral therapy only when levels of the CD4 immune cells attacked by HIV dip below 200 per cubic mm of blood. But later it is known that people survive for longer if treated earlier, that they are less likely to pass on the virus, because ART rapidly flushes it from blood. WHO recommends ART for breastfeeding women with HIV due to evidence that this helps stop transmission of HIV to the infant. In addition, the WHO advises that people with HIV who are co-diagnosed with tuberculosis should receive ART regardless of their CD4 counts. However giving ART to more people will initially cost more is the only thing to worry. As a human being, I would like to invite everyone to participate in the awareness program in this day along with WHO which helps in eradication of AIDS and lets show our love towards the affected people.

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