Nov 10, 2012
hi docto, In your opinium who is the next evolution in hiv treatment and when this will happen? Thanks.
Response from Dr. Wohl
It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future - Yogi Berra
However, the near future is not that hard to predict. More and more HIV therapies are being combined into as few tablets as possible. That means there will be more one pill once a day therapies available, especially but not only in rich nations. There will be some newer agents but nothing that is a major advance as our current therapies are already really effective and pretty well tolerated.
Further down the line, I think we will see a move toward long acting drugs. These are medications that could be administered via injection on a monthly or every two month schedule. There are studies of such drugs and if combinations can be found that work well together and are effective, this could be a game-changer in terms of adherence and monitoring of therapy.
In the swirls of the crystal ball we are all looking for glimmers of cure. There is a huge effort underway and this will bear fruit. When? That is a prediction that is hard to make.
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