What is an important factor in selecting first-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV infection?

Updated: Jul 01, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Knowledge of resistance patterns in resource-limited areas is vital in the selection of first-line antiretroviral treatment. In a subset of the Development of Antiretroviral Treatment in Africa (DART) trial, the virological response to zidovudine-lamivudine plus abacavir (an NRTI) at 32 weeks was inferior to the response to zidovudine-lamivudine plus nevirapine (an NNRTI). HIV RNA levels were lower in the nevirapine group than in the abacavir group.


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