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Appendix D: First Combinations
Part of A Practical Guide to HIV Drug Treatment for People Living With HIV


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.

Table 1: Possible antiretroviral drug combinations for people starting treatment

Table 2: Potential advantages and disadvantages of some antiretroviral drug combinations

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