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Jan 28, 2004

Hello Dr. Horwath,

Could you please let me know the drugs used in HAART. And also the HAART is patient-specific, i.e. if an HIV+ patient A, who has started treatment in 2-3 moths of infection, is taking a set of drugs under HAART, then whether another patient B, who has also started treatment in 2-3 moths of infection, can take the same set of drugs.

Also, do you know if researchers have found whether a post-infection cure of HIV is possible and it is a matter of time only for such drugs.

Thanks for your opinion.

Anonymous.

Response from Dr. Horwath

There is a complete list of the currently available antiretroviral medications at TheBody.com; click on treatment, then HIV medications to get to a list of antiretroviral meds (see link below).

In general, HAART medications are not started 2-3 months after the initial infection. Current guidelines suggest starting HAART when the CD4 count falls below 200 or with the onset of symptoms that are indicative of an AIDS-defining illness.

There is no available "cure" for AIDS. Current HAART is very effective at limiting the replication of HIV and at preventing the deterioration of the immune system, but HAART is not a cure.



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