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When should I start treatment for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

The latest thinking in the medical community is that, in most cases, treatment for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) should be started as soon as possible following HIV diagnosis. However, each case is different, so you should discuss the best time to start treatment with your healthcare professional.

Together, you and your healthcare professional should consider factors such as how well your immune system is functioning, whether you are pregnant, whether you have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), the amount of HIV in your blood and your ability and willingness to commit to lifelong treatment.

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