HIV in plasma is best predictor of progression to AIDS

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1437

The amount of HIV in plasma has become the best available marker for predicting an infected person's risk of developing AIDS or dying, says the US multicentre AIDS cohort study. Investigators found that the amount of HIV RNA in a patient's plasma was a better predictor of the risk of disease progression than the CD4+ T cell count, which is currently the routine marker of HIV disease progression. They reported their findings in the 24 May issue of Science (272:1167-70.)

The investigators analysed blood samples obtained every six months from 180 men …

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