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S.F. program pushes immediate HIV treatment
San Francisco Chronicle

A San Francisco program to get people newly diagnosed with HIV infection immediately into treatment – as in, taking antiretroviral drugs the same day they test positive – hadn’t even officially begun when Dr. Hiroyu Hatano got her first patient in July.

The patient had been tested at a city clinic and same-day results revealed he had an acute infection, likely acquired within the past few weeks. Most worrisome was that his viral load, the amount of virus in his blood, was extremely high, making him extraordinarily infectious.