|Long Term Anti-Retroviral Therapy
Aug 13, 2006
| Response from Dr. Conway
We now have information to show that people who experience good levels of virologic suppression shortly after starting HAART will almost always maintain this suppression after 7-8 years. Further, there does not seem to be any long-term toxicity of HAART other than the things we already know about. These are the issues of lipodystrophy/lipoatrophy, as well as side effects that may involve your cholesterol levels, that should be monitored regularly. More recently, we are recommending that bone density be checked (at baseline and perhaps every 2-3 years) due to the emergence of osteoporosis as a side effect of certain regimens, especially over many years.
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