CD4+ cell count at antiretroviral therapy initiation and economic restoration in rural Uganda. To determine whether earlier initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) is associated with better economic outcomes, patients initiating ART at a regional referral clinic in Uganda were enrolled in the Uganda AIDS Rural Treatment Outcomes study starting in 2005. Data on labor force participation and asset ownership were collected on a yearly basis, and CD4 cell counts were collected at pre-ART baseline. We fitted multivariable regression models to assess whether economic outcomes at baseline and in the 6 years following ART initiation varied by baseline CD4 cell count.
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