Monday, April 13, 2009

Has HIV Become More Virulent?

ScienceDaily (2009-04-08) -- Damage to patients' immune systems is happening sooner now than it did at the beginning of the HIV epidemic, suggesting the virus has become more virulent, according to a new study in the May 1, 2009 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online.
Unfortunately, it may no longer be true that there is a time period of several years between diagnosis and the need for treatment – instead this time-span is shortening” according to author and San Diego Naval Center investigator, Nancy Crum-Cianflone MD. “Early diagnosis is important for several reasons including that patients can enter into medical care and begin treatment before the immune system becomes weak and opportunistic infections develop.

: Crum‐Cianflone et al. Is HIV Becoming More Virulent? Initial CD4 Cell Counts among HIV Seroconverters during the Course of the HIV Epidemic: 1985-2007. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2009; 48 (9): 1285 DOI: 10.1086/597777

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