In this collection of 18 cohorts of HIV patients, researchers compared outcomes of patients with HAART initiated at CD4 counts 251-350 versus those initiated at CD4 counts 351-450. Those who deferred until lower CD4 counts had higher risk of death or AIDS (HR 1.28, CI 1.04-1.57), indicating benefit of early HAART initiation (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.