Starting Therapy »

… be necessary to consider changing the combination of anti-HIV drugs that someone is taking. If viral replication is shown to be consistently present by detectable viral load measurements and if other options are available which could further suppress viral replication or eliminate severe side effects, therapy should be changed.

Consequently viral load tests and clinic visits will need to be made more frequently when changes in treatment are being considered. There are a number of …

When to Change »

… therapy, to improve the length and quality of your life, is best achieved by suppressing viral replication to below detectable levels as measured on an ultrasensitive viral load assay, and keeping it there.

However, this is not always achievable with a given combination and it sometimes needs to be changed.

There are 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 …