CDC issues brief on the prevention benefits of HIV treatment

The US CDC has issued a somewhat wordy brief on the benefits of HIV treatment, which is summarised with:

  • HIV testing is the foundation for both prevention and care efforts.
  • Early identification of infection empowers individuals to take action that benefits both their own health and the public health.
  • Early treatment of infected persons substantially reduces the risk of transmitting HIV to others.
  • The prevention benefit of treatment can only be realised with effective treatment, which requires linkage to and retention in care, and adherence to antiretroviral therapy.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Issue brief: the prevention benefits of HIV treatment.

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