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May 2, 2012

hi to which treatment can i change to instead of aluvia and lamzid because they are expensive here in SA,PLS ANSWER ME.

CAN I STOP TAKING THE ABOVE TREATMENT COMPLETELY AND EAT WELL FRM PHINDILE IN SA

Response from Dr. McGowan

Dear Phindile,

Lamzid (zidovudine and lamivudine) and Aluvia (ritonavir and lopinavir) is a very potent treatment for HIV. It is well balanced, meaning that all components are needed to keep the HIV virus from growing. We have learned that taking only part of the treatment is less effective and will cause drug resistance to develop. If that happens the meds will no longer work and even more expensive and complicated treatment would be needed. Stopping medicine can be risky, especially if your CD4 (T cell) counts have been low....one large study (the SMART) study showed that people who stopped their meds did worse than those who stayed on. Paying for meds is very challenging. The South African government has announced negotiations to make meds available at discounted rates, and use of generic medicines from India may be cheaper. Hopefully these options may be available where you live.

Joe



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