guysers saidThere are 2 sides to this argument. First, things always come down to money and HIV drugs don't come cheap, we are talking in the hundreds every month...
Secondly, there is the medical side of the coin which says it is not necessary to go on HIV medication unless your CD4 count drops below 500 (it use to be 350 but now doctors are saying 500).
It is also expensive to fight cancer, and other diseases. But the total cost can actually be less, and the outcome better, with early detection that leads to earlier treatment.
The "medical side of the coin" you quote is part of the article. The very latest evidence indicates that aggressive and early treatment does benefit HIV patients. Like many things in the medical field this debate has swung back and forth over the years: don't treat until symptoms develop, don't treat until certain viral load and T-cell thresholds are met, versus do treat from earliest detection.
The salient points I hoped readers would take from the article include the need for regular HIV testing, so people know as early as possible when they have contracted HIV. And to consult with their doctors, to see what treatment regimen they should undergo, and how soon. If it turns out that you should begin at the earliest, you won't be doing that if you go undiagnosed for a couple of years due to not having yourself tested. And become part of that tragic 3 million number the doctors could have been able to save.
I took my friend paulflexes "duh" comment as meaning everyone should already know this. Unfortunately the reality is otherwise, as I know through working with the HIV community. Lack of education is our greatest obstacle.
And speaking of lack of education, the terminally moronic blasiankid tried a cheap shot at me, based on this misunderstanding. I care nothing about his personal slam at me, but do care that he might cause guys here to miss the important message in the article I linked above. That the guidelines guysers quotes are obsolete today, and there is new guidance to consider in fighting against HIV.