Means Better Results
For HIV AIDS Medicines
may have heard the combination of drugs effective in controlling HIV AIDS as a drug cocktail.
The discovery, in the mid 1990s, that combining medications results in better outcomes for
patients was the basis for HAART therapy. It was this breakthrough that brought the disease
Treatments Means Longer Life Expectancy
When the AIDS epidemic was first recognized, in the mid 80s,
the diagnosis meant death within a relatively short time frame.
When AZT was introduced it brought the first glimmer of hope
for effective treatment, but it was soon found that the virus
adapted to the drug making it ineffective over time.
New drugs were approved in the 1990s that
attacked the virus in different ways. When these drugs were used together with AZT, the HIV
virus was kept under control.
The current treatments for HIV & AIDS involves choosing
at least 3 drugs from that work against the virus in two different
categories. Normally these would include two NNRTIs and one
protease inhibitor. The exact drugs that are used depend on
on each patients ability to tolerate the drugs.
The combined HAART approach has changed the AIDS virus from
a swift killer to a chronic disease that can be treated on
an outpatient basis. While researchers continue to work to
discover a vaccine or a cure for this worldwide scourge, patients
who add the cocktail of anti-retroviral drugs to their daily
routine have a much better quality of life than anyone hoped
for in the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic was new.
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information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.