The HHS panel responsible for updating the Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Adults and Adolescents with HIV has endorsed Rapid ART--starting HIV antiretroviral treatment as soon as possible after an HIV diagnosis. The recommendation, one of 10 in the December 18, 2019 update, along with three table updates, reads as follows:
"Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy: The Panel emphasizes the importance of screening and early diagnosis of HIV. In order for persons with HIV to benefit from early diagnosis, the Panel recommends that ART be started immediately or as soon as possible after diagnosis to increase the uptake of ART, decrease the time required to achieve linkage to care and virologic suppression for individual patients, reduce the risk of HIV transmission, and improve the rate of virologic suppression among persons with HIV (AII)."
See the February 2019 AETC ShareSpot, Immediate ART Initiation: Guide for Clinicians