|Hiv 2 therapy is not that great?
Mar 24, 2004
I am asking this question because it seems like the more that is learned about hiv-1 meds, it seems many don't work effectively on hiv-2. Like now it is discovered AZT is a failure which previously wasn't noted. Also we know Viramune and Sustiva will fail with hiv-2. In one of the previous emails, it is suggested that now hiv-2 products are also beginning to become researched with the advent of hiv drugs into Africa. Is this true? But overall, would you say that one who is hiv-2 infected today in the United States has no hope or some hope. Please explain. Thank you.
| Response from Dr. Pierone
Some recent studies have illuminated the spectrum and specific activity of antiretroviral agents against HIV-2. Although there are gaps in coverage with current agents (e.g. NNRTIs, AZT, and amprenivir), highly active regimens are available in the U.S. (were they are needed least, I might add) and patients with HIV-2 do respond well to appropriate therapy.
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