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What Will Be My First HIV Regimen?

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Updated October 29, 2008

Question: What Will Be My First HIV Regimen?
An anonymous viewer asks:

"My doctor tells me it is time to start HIV medications. What regimen will I be put on first?"

Answer: Your HIV Guide replies:

There are many variables that impact what drug regimen your doctor will choose for you first. Factors that affect that choice include:

  • have you been on meds before
  • do you have any resistance to medications
  • what is your current CD4 and viral load counts
  • are you able to take meds several times each day or do you need a once per day regimen
  • are you pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • what other illnesses and conditions do you have?

These are just a few of the factors that impact your doctor's choice. The US Department of Health and Human Services do have recommendations for first-line regimens. They include:

Remember, these are only recommendations. Your doctor along with your input will choose a regimen that is right for you.

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services' HIV Treatment Guidelines, 2005.

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