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HAART - Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy

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Updated July 09, 2009

Definition:
HAART is the name given to aggressive treatment regimens used to suppress HIV viral replication and the progression of HIV disease. The usual HAART regimen combines three or more different drugs such as two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) and a protease inhibitor (PI), two NRTIs and a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) or other such combinations. These HAART regimens have proven to reduce the amount of active virus and in some cases can lower the number of active virus until it is undetectable by current blood testing techniques.

Also Known As:
  • Regimen

  • Treatment Regimen

  • Drug "cocktail"
Alternate Spellings: haart

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