ACON and Positive Life NSW have produced a comprehensive Evidence Brief of the most up-to-date info about the benefits of immediate treatment for HIV.

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ACON and Positive Life NSW have produced a comprehensive Evidence Brief to support people newly diagnosed with HIV, people living with HIV (PLHIV) and others who are engaged with our health to become familiar with the most up-to-date information about the benefits of immediate uptake (‘rapid initiation’) of antiretroviral therapy (ART). For PLHIV who are ready to start ART, immediate treatment can significantly improve our health. 

The Brief reviews the current literature, studies and service models in HIV treatments and supports a shift from ‘early treatment’ (within six months of diagnosis) to ‘immediate’ or ‘rapid’ treatment (as soon as possible following diagnosis). It offers practical solutions to empower people with a new HIV diagnosis to take control of their health by promoting treatment at the point of seroconversion as a choice, compared to deferring the start of ART.

ACON and Positive Life takes the position alongside The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations that ART be offered on the same day of diagnosis to people who are ready to start (WHO, 2017). Offering immediate treatment is ‘clinically superior’ and means treating HIV as early as possible to lower HIV’s impact on the body. It also empowers PLHIV to make decisions about their health, move towards protecting their partners sooner and improves health outcomes over the long term.

Immediate treatment is also an important tool by which PLHIV can support the goals of the current NSW HIV Strategy to virtually eliminate HIV transmission by 2020. It supports the goals of UNAIDS Getting to Zero through zero new HIV transmissions, zero HIV deaths, and zero HIV stigma by 2020.

If you or someone you know has recently received a positive diagnosis, talk to your doctor about your immediate treatment and peer support options. For more information or if you are would like to get a copy of the Evidence Brief, please click here to download a copy or call Positive Life on (02) 9206-2177 for a printed copy.

pdfEvidence brief: Rapid inititation - models for the immediate uptake of HIV treatment

Further reading
Immediate or Early – what’s the difference? – June 2017
Starting HIV Treatment…NOW? – November 2015
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Guidelines for Managing Advanced HIV Disease and Rapid Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy – July 2017
NSW HIV Strategy 2016-2020
UNAIDS Strategy ‘Getting to Zero’ 2011-2015

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