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HIV and AIDS

How Can HIV or AIDS Be Treated?

03/20/2000

Question:

How can you treat AIDS/HIV? Thank you.

Answer:

There are three major classes of anti-retroviral drugs currently used in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.These include 1) Nucleoside Analogues-AZT, 3TC, d4T, ddC, ddI 2) Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors-nevirapine, efavirenz, delavirdine 3) Protease Inhibitors-indinavir, ritonavir, nelfinavir, saquinavir, amprenavir. A combination of three drugs is usually chosen to initiate therapy to supress the virus. The triple regimen also known as HAART or highly active antiretroviral regimen is usually 2 nucleoside analogues and a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor or 2 nucleoside analogues and a protease inhibitor.

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Response by:

Pamposh   Kaul, MD Pamposh Kaul, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati