A low CD4 count indicates that HIV has damaged a person’s immune system to such an extent that they are at risk of serious illnesses. If you have a low CD4 count, HIV treatment is essential. Until the immune system recovers, it is also necessary to take antibiotics as prophylaxis to prevent opportunistic infections.

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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