Published in AIDS Weekly, January 19th, 2004
Researchers in Switzerland followed 3736 adults with HIV who had started highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) before 2002. Every 6 months, patients were asked whether they had had sexual intercourse with a stable partner.
When starting HAART, 52% of participants reported a stable partnership. This decreased to around 46% after 5 years of follow-up. A stable partnership was associated with a slower rate of disease progression and an increase in CD4 blood cell count and viral suppression.
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