Combination Therapy »

… provides complete and durable suppression of the HIV Virus – as long as your treatment Adherence is good.


HIV drugs are generally classed according to the way they stop the virus from reproducing itself.  There are now six main types of drugs used to combat HIV:

Nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs).  These target an HIV protein called ‘reverse transcriptase’

Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase Inhibitors (NNRTIs).  These also …

Starting Therapy »

… anti-HIV drugs and other drugs, including recreational drugs; how to remember to take the drugs ( adherence ) and where to get support about taking anti-HIV therapy.

Taking all your medication reguarly and on time is very important, but can be difficult.  Consequently, people should always be offered support around adherence.

Doctors are often very busy and so they may not always be able to offer all the support needed themselves.  However, they should always give you basic information, …

When to Change »

… a number of reasons why a particular combination of anti- HIV drugs fails. These include poor adherence to the drugs and sub-optimal blood levels of anti-HIV drugs.  In the latter case, drug levels may be low in some patients because of an individual’s physiology and not their adherence to the regimen. The therapy is not failing because of the development of drug-resistant HIV, but because the drugs are being absorbed at a rate different from that in other people. This can be …