HIV i-Base

Selected words and phrases

low level resistance – when there is some resistance but it does not have any significant impact on how well a drug works.  The HIV drug is still sensitve and is  considered active.

hepatic encephalopathy – brain disease that occurs when serious liver damage prevents toxic substances from being flitered out of the blood, and they enter the brain. See encephalopathy.

amino acids – amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. DNA codes for amino acids. Three nucleotides (segments of the genetic code) make one amino acid. Amino acids are critical to life, and have many functions in the way your body works.

pegylated interferon (PEG interferon) – treatment for hepatitis C, given in combination with ribavirin. Given as a onceweekly injection.

fulminant liver disease – sudden, rapid disease progression related to liver failure.