Factors associated with HIV RNA viral loads in ART-naïve patients: Implications for treatment as prevention in concentrated epidemics
The authors conducted a survey of adults with HIV who are not on antiretroviral treatment (ART) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. These data support expanded eligibility of ART to all HIV patients with the goal of treatment as prevention. This study is among the first to demonstrate that men who have sex with men have a higher viral load than women and heterosexual men. This highlights the need for improved outreach and linkages to HIV care for this population.