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Early Intervention

Early Intervention

Early Intervention
Transcript

The current prevailing philosophy (if you will) in dealing with HIV-infected individuals is to get them on antiretroviral therapy (or drugs directed against this virus) as soon as possible - on the same day as blood tests turn positive. This accomplishes two goals. One, the patient who is taking the drugs soon becomes unable to transmit it to other individuals, thus stopping this epidemic at least at the level of one person. It also helps that individual specifically in keeping the reservoir of HIV at low levels and restoring the immune cells, which (as I had mentioned before) are lost when you do not treat this illness.

Doctor Profile

Stephen A. Klotz, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist

  • Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Medical Director of the Arizona AIDS Education and Training Center and the Petersen HIV Clinics

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