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Aug 7, 2007

is it common for someone who's had hiv for almost 10 years to take atripla,truvada,etravirine with no PI drugs at once?

Response from Dr. Daar

It is not so important how long someone has had HIV as whether they have been treated before and/or have any drug resistant virus. If there is no resistance then usually a three drug combination of NRTIs with either a NNRTI or PI would be used. In those with increasing resistance other drugs are often included in the mix.

Atripla is a combination pill of viread (tenofovir), FTC (emtricitabine, emtriva) and the NNRTI sustiva (efavirenz). Truvada is a combination pill of viread and FTC. Etravirine is a new NNRTI (formerly known as TMC 125). Based upon this it would not make sense to be on atripla, truvada and etravirine. If you or someone you know is truely taking this regimen they need to meet with their provider immediately to clarify what medications they are supposed to be taking. I suspect there is some confusion.

Best, Eric


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