Jason Schafer, PharmD, MPH, BCPS AQ-ID, previews the October issue featuring an article on rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy.
Segment Description: Jason Schafer, PharmD, MPH, BCPS AQ-ID, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Jefferson College of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University, and content editor of the HIV/AIDS section of Contagion®, previews the October issue featuring an article on rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy.
Interview transcript: (modified slightly for readability)
Dr. Schafer: In the October issue of Contagion®, we do have an article by Dr. Bill Short on rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART). This is a considerably important topic and [there are] a lot of emerging data available about this topic and the benefits that people can have when receiving ART perhaps more quickly than we used to administer ART in the past. And so, Dr. Short reviews all of the relevant data, goes through the pros and the cons of being able to do this practice, and, on the end, provides his recommendations in terms of what clinics really need to do to be able to start ART, or antiretroviral therapy, in a rapid fashion for patients.