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Oct 19, 2006

What is the earliest that we should have a single pill with minimal complications and Hiv turns to history as far as possible


Response from Dr. Daar

The good news is that we already have very simple to take, and often well tolerated medications for the treatment of HIV infection. In fact, recently a single pill became available that is highly effective in the treatment of HIV infection. It is a combination of the medications tenofovir (Viread), emtricitabine (FTC, Emtriva), and efavirenz (Sustiva) called "Atripla." It is not for everyone and can have side effects, but for many starting therapy for the first time it is well tolerated and highly effective. I would encourage you and anyone else considering HIV therapy to talk to their provider to see if this or other options would be best. While many people will control their HIV infection with this and other medications, they are not a cure.

Best, Eric

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