Main types of HIV drugs
There are six main types (or classes) of drugs that work at different parts of the HIV life cycle.
|NRTIs/NtRTIs (“nukes”)||nucleoside/tide reverse transcriptase inhibitors or nucleoside/tide analogues|
|non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors|
|INIs (or INSTIs)||integrase (strand transfer) inhibitors|
|CCR5 inhibitors||CCR5 inhibitors are a type of entry inhibitor|
|mAbs||monoclonal antibodies – which also block entry to the CD4 cell|
|Fusion inhibitors||fusion inhibitors are a type of entry inhibitor|
There are more than 30 HIV drugs and formulations. Luckily, only a few combinations are commonly used.
Last updated: 1 October 2019.