Table 1 below outlines possible drug combinations for people starting HIV drug treatment for the first time. The combinations listed here are those recommended by many major treatment guidelines at the time this guide was published.
Table 2 lists a few of the advantages and disadvantages of the drugs in Table 1. You can use the information in these tables as a starting point for discussing treatment options with your doctor. When looking at the options, remember that these are only guidelines and that another combination, perhaps not listed here, may be the right one for you.
The cost of some of these drugs may not be covered by provincial or territorial prescription drug plans. Your doctor and pharmacist can give you more information.