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HAART 2.0

Some Future Hope, a Current Nightmare

July/August 2008

Daniel S. Berger, M.D.Antiretroviral therapy has undergone a renaissance of sorts, seeing an outpouring of newer and, more importantly, truly unique agents during the last two years. This has had a major impact on treatment, and has advanced our goals for patients who are HIV-positive, almost without regard to their treatment history. The purpose of this article is not really to describe these newer agents individually while affixing a rubber stamp, but instead to provide some different perspectives on where we can improve as we embark into the future. A recent experience I had while seeing a new patient had a saddening effect on me. I had the displeasure of observing his previously prescribed cocktail, which showed me that inferior treatments are still being offered despite all the progress in HIV therapy. Overall, however, I was so glad to be able to assume his care and eventually remedy his situation. This example is the vehicle for my message.

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Comment by: Rod (Dallas, Texas) Sat., Oct. 4, 2008 at 12:20 am EDT
Thanks for not protecting doctors and laying it out. I appreciate your honesty!
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