We want to ensure everyone has the best chance of living a healthy life.
If you are diagnosed with HIV, one of the first steps you should take is to start treatment as early as possible. Why? Well, we know that treatment keeps your immune system healthy and reduces the risk of developing health conditions associated with HIV.
Treatment can also lower the viral load of HIV in your blood to virtually undetectable levels, and research from two international studies, PARTNER and Opposites Attract show that HIV positive men who are on treatment and have an undetectable viral load (UVL) do not transmit HIV to their partners.
In the early days of HIV care when only a few treatments were available, people with HIV and their doctors would often delay treatment until someone’s CD4 count fell to around 200, basically, to a point where the immune system was very weak. At the time, this was thought to be the best moment to start treatment because the only treatments available were known to cause side effects. But these days, anti-retroviral therapy (ART) treatments are more effective, are far better tolerated by the body and with many more to choose from you can find what’s best for you.
THE MOST CRITICAL TIME TO TREAT IS RIGHT AFTER DIAGNOSIS
Findings from the START study have shown that early, if not immediate, treatment increases health and life expectancy, and prevents serious illness including cancer, renal and liver disease by more than 50% compared to those who delay starting treatment. Importantly, the study results confirm that there is no harm associated with immediate treatment.
Further, in the early stages after contracting HIV your viral load is very high and that means you’re at greater risk of transmitting HIV. HIV is actually much more likely to be transmitted by people who don’t know they’ve got it – often, soon after they themselves have been infected.
So, if you’ve been diagnosed with HIV, early treatment will keep you healthy and your partners safe. Win-win.
Thailand has advance guidelines of high standard HIV treatment diagnosis and prevention, we are the third country in the world to
provide treatment to people living with HIV as soon as possible regardless of CD4 in order to reduce morbidity, co-infections and prevention of development of cancer also prevention of
transmission. Our clinic has a project called "SAME DAY ART" providing HIV treatment on the day of diagnosis when our client is ready and willing to.
It is recommended that you have a proper consultation, physical examination with our doctor and chose the anti-retroviral medication regimen,
our doctor will also give advice on how to stay healthy.
More and more positive people from everywhere are transferring their treatment from other hospitals/countries to Pulse Clinic in Bangkok and Phuket.
Of course you can do that. Please read below regarding the process you can easily follow.
Treat early to END HIV: Newly diagnosed positive individuals
We’re committed to ending HIV by 2030, and by treating early, you are looking after your health, as well as helping to prevent HIV transmission.
If you have been recently diagnosed with HIV, feel free to get in touch with us. PULSE’s service for newly diagnosed gives you access to experienced doctors and well-trained counsellors, usually within one working day.
Our work is carried out in a very discreet and confidential manner. You'll get proper friendly non-stigmatizing consultation regarding how to take care of yourself and your beloved ones, how to drop your (viral) load, how to increase your CD4 level and why is it important to stick with the treatment. All necessary blood tests will be done on the same visit. You can request to get results by email or personal chat or pick up at clinic. You could get prescription and medications chosen by your doctor according to national guidelines for HIV treatment and prevention, follow up will be done every 6 months, we'll check your HIV viral load, CD4 count, fasting lipid profile, basic chemistry (liver function, kidney function, complete blood count), urinalysis and look for other infections.
From somewhere else and would like Pulse Service?
Bring all your records from your previous hospital, most hospitals provide it to you for free.
Show it to your doctor when you visit Pulse Clinic. Your doctor will be able to review it and continue your regimen.
According to national guidelines for HIV treatment and prevention, follow up will be done every 6 months, we'll check your HIV viral load, CD4 count, fasting lipid profile, basic chemistry (liver function, kidney function, complete blood count), urinalysis.