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When To Start


On March 29, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services updated its guidelines for when to start antiretroviral drug treatment (HIV medications). Public Health- Seattle & King County developed this brochure to (1) summarize the guidelines for when to start HIV medication and (2) discuss issues, questions, and concerns people living with HIV often have about when to start medications.

Primary Toolkit:

HIV/STI Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Clinical Services, HIV/AIDS, Infectious Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)


Institutional Author:

Public Health- Seattle & King County




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