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When should I start treatment?

Roger Pebody

You may not need to take HIV treatment straight away. It depends on the effect HIV has had on your immune system. British medical guidelines recommend starting treatment when the CD4 count goes below 350.

Taking treatment will prevent further damage to your immune system, and will mean there is less risk of getting ill in the future.

Click here to see our illustrated leaflet giving basic information on when to start HIV treatment.

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When should I start treatment?

Published February 2012

Last reviewed February 2012

Next review February 2015

Our information levels explained

  • Short and simple introductions to key HIV topics, sometimes illustrated with pictures.
  • Expands on the previous level, but also written in easy-to-understand plain language.
  • More detailed information, likely to include medical and scientific language.
  • Detailed, comprehensive information, using medical and specialised language.

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This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.