November 25, 2008
For people who are starting on their first HIV treatment combination, each treatment regimen must include at least one drug from two different types, or "classes," of HIV medications. There are currently six classes of HIV medications. Each class of HIV medication stops HIV from making copies of itself at a different moment in its reproductive cycle. You and your provider will consider many issues before deciding on a treatment combination, including:
"How do I always remember to take my medications? Every morning I put the pillbox right next to the coffee machine. I can't miss it. I don't leave the house without having my cup of coffee. Actually, I'm looking at it right now. It's on top of a jar, next to the coffee maker. No matter where I am in the apartment, I always see it."
-- Ed Viera Jr., diagnosed in 1987