Less frequent CD4 and viral load monitoring safe for people doing well on ART

Michael Carter

The frequency of routine monitoring for people treated with antiretrovirals with viral suppression can be safely reduced from every three months, to every six months, investigators from Europe and the United States report in the June 1st edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. However, people followed-up every nine to twelve months were more likely to experience virologic failure and also had lower CD4 count increases compared to people monitored every three months.

June 28, 2016
Year of publication
2016
Resource types
Journal and research articles
Tags
viral load monitoring, viral suppression, CD4 count monitoring, ARVs, antiretroviral therapy, ART, treatment, antiretroviral drugs, virologic failure, research

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