Importance of Diagnosis and Treatment
- Diagnosis of HIV is the only gateway for getting needed care and treatment.
- Antiretroviral treatment dramatically decreases morbidity and mortality while decreasing transmission. New data from the START Trial indicates that there is significant benefit to initiating treatment immediately upon diagnosis.
- Left untreated, a person diagnosed with HIV can expect to live approximately 12 years; however with treatment, they can expect to live a near-normal lifespan.
- HIV treatment can effectively reduce transmission risk by up to 90% through reductions in viral load. People who know they are HIV positive are also more likely to take measures to reduce their transmission risk to others.