Treatment for those who have taken a lot of HIV drugs in the past

The goal of HIV treatment is an undetectable viral load – and this is usually possible, even if you have taken a lot of anti-HIV drugs in the past and have virus that is drug-resistant.

If you need to change HIV treatment because your viral load has become detectable, it is very important that you have a resistance test. The results of this test will enable your doctor find the anti-HIV drugs that have the best chance of working for you.

Important treatment options for people who have HIV with resistance include the ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitor darunavir (Prezista), the NNRTI etravirine (Intelence), the integrase inhibitors raltegravir (Isentress) and elvitegravir, the CCR5 or entry inhibitor maraviroc (Celsentri) and the fusion inhibitor T-20 (enfuvirtide, Fuzeon).

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