Impact of time of ART initiation on HIV specific T cell functionality in perinatally infected young adults

31 Dec, 2017

Authors: Rinaldi S, Cotugno N, Pallikkuth S, Palma P, Pahwa S; on behalf of the EPIICAL Consortium

Published: 8th Conference on HIV Persistence

Background Early initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in vertically HIV-infected children provides an opportunity to limit the size of reservoir, but whether and how the time of ART treatment initiation can durably impact host immune responses associated with HIV infection is still unknown. In this study, we analyzed HIV-specific CD4 T cell functionality in vertically HIV-infected children in whom ART was initiated early or late after birth.