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Author Topic: Very Interesting Podcast  (Read 1624 times)

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Offline Blixer

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Very Interesting Podcast
« on: July 24, 2007, 01:51:39 PM »
I just watched the "Are We Starting Treatment Early Enough?" podcast from the International Aids Society Conference in Sydney.  I thought it was very interesting and brought a lot of issues to the surface.  I'm thankful that we do know what we do about HIV, but I'm amazed at how much we still don't know.   But at least there are people out there still searching for answers.

Are We Starting Treatment Early Enough?

July 24, 2007

In this videocast from the International AIDS Society Conference in Sydney, Peter Staley interviews Dr. Fred Gordin from George Washington University, who explains why many experts think we might be waiting too long to put patients on HIV treatment. Dr. Gordin is also leading the effort to launch a large clinical trial called START, which hopes to determine if starting treatment at higher CD4 counts will save more lives.

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8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
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Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Very Interesting Podcast
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2007, 10:39:36 AM »

The findings might be huge, and if fewer new infections becomes a real true thing, even sweeter.


Offline edfu

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Re: Very Interesting Podcast
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2007, 09:32:50 PM »
I agree that this podcast is excellent.  The tragedy is that, as Peter points out, Treatment Action Group tried to get such a study begun years ago.  Since such a study will take many years, we have indeed lost valuable time and information. 
"No one will ever be free so long as there are pestilences."--Albert Camus, "The Plague"

"Mankind can never be free until the last brick in the last church falls on the head of the last priest."--Voltaire

Offline JamieD

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Re: Very Interesting Podcast
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2007, 11:45:33 PM »
Didn't we already try "Hit Hard, Hit Early"? I know that's not what the study is suggesting, but I thought that the guidelines suggesting early anti-HIV therapy were changed due to the "unanticipated toxicities" (its actually not a thought, it's a fact that that's why the guidelines were changed).

Are they expecting early treatment to be different this time around?


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