HIV i-Base

Selected words and phrases

NNRTI – Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor, a type of HIV drug – also called ‘non-nuke’. Efavirenz, nevirapine and etravirine belong to this class.

Drug targets in the virus life cycle.

phenotype test – a type of drug resistance that tests whether a drug is sensitive or resistance to a sample of HIV.

DNA – an abbreviation for the scientific word for genes and genetic material. It is the abbreviation for deoxyribonucleic acid. See RNA.

mg (milligram) – abbreviation for milligram. 1000 milligrams = 1 gram.

benign – not harmful.