Anti Retroviral Treatment
Jul 26, 2003
What is th difference between ART's and HAART's? Please expain
Response from Dr. Wohl
ART stands for AntiRetroviral Therapy. This includes any treatment of HIV with antiretroviral drugs. For example, you can say 'Bill has been on ART of one form or another for over 15 years now.'
HAART is an inexact term that first was coined after protease inhibitors became available but is now starting to fall out of favor among HIV specialists. It stands for Highly Active ART. Typically this means a regimen of 3 or more drugs including a protease inhibitor or a non-nucleoside but can sometimes be used to mean other multiple drug combos. The reason people tend to shy away from the use of the acronym is that it is not always clear what the definition is. Is the combo of Sustiva+Kaletra alone HAART? It doesn't exactly fit the traditional definition but certainly seems potent.
Hope this helps.
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