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June 30, 2009

Menopause does not affect response to HIV treatment

"Menopausal status does not affect responses to HIV treatment, US investigators report in the August 1st edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. In the largest ever study into the impact of menopause on the effectiveness of HIV treatment, the researchers found that CD4 cell counts and viral loads were comparable in pre- and post-menopausal women two years after initiating potent HIV therapy.

“Women respond equally well to antiretroviral therapy in the short and long term regardless of menopausal status,” comment the investigators."

Read more in Aidsmap, June 30, 2009.