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doi: 10.1097/QAD.0b013e328360d546
Editorial Review

Rating evidence in treatment guidelines: a case example of when to initiate combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) in HIV-positive asymptomatic persons

Sabin, Caroline A.a; Cooper, David A.b; Collins, Simonc; Schechter, Maurod

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Abstract

Guidelines for the initiation of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) in those living with HIV are provided by several national and international treatment guidelines committees. Following recent changes to some of these guidelines, there is now considerable variation between the guidelines in terms of the recommendations for initiation of cART among asymptomatic individuals with high (>350 cells/μl) CD4 cell counts. In this review we compare the schemes used for rating evidence by the various committees and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the available evidence for initiating cART at higher CD4 cell counts.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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