Breaks From HIV/AIDS Drug Regimens Can Lead to Inflammation, Premature Death, Study Says
October 22, 2008
HIV-positive people who take breaks from their drug regimens are more likely to have higher levels of proteins associated with inflammation, a potentially hazardous immune system response, according to a study published Monday in PloS Medicine, Reuters reports. The findings come from an international study conducted to determine whether it is beneficial to allow patients to take breaks from their HIV/AIDS drug regimens after previous research showed it could be safe, cost-effective and limit possible side effects. However, the study was stopped early in 2006 because researchers found that participants who took drugs intermittently were more likely to die prematurely compared with participants who took drugs continuously, often from causes not typically associated with HIV/AIDS.
The study is available online.
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