Q and A


Is Atenef a good ARV?

I’ve just been given Atenef, is it any good?


Thanks for getting in touch.

Atenef is version of a drug called Atripla. This is still a very widely used combination. It includes three HIV meds in one pill.

There are many other generic versions. These include Atenef, Atreslawin, Atroiza, Citenvir, Heftenam, Odimune, Rizene, Teevir, Trenvir, Tribuss, Triolar, Trivenz, Truno, Trustiva, Viraday and Vonavir.

More info about Atripla:

Over the last few years, most countries are moving away from Atripla.

Instead, guidelines have moved to use combinations that use an integrase inhibitor. This main combination is called TLD (tenofovir disoproxil, lamivudine, dolutegravir).

This question was first posted in December 2017. The answer was updated in 2021 to include information about recent use of dolutegravir. 


  1. Roy Trevelion

    Hi Anonymous,

    It’s great that your doctor said your blood test showed no bad sign. But you can ask to see your viral load result. This can show if Atenef is working well.

    The meds in Atenef are the same as in Atripla. They have a different names because they are made by different companies.

    Please let us know your viral load and CD4 results.

  2. Anonymous

    I have been on atripla for about 3 years but I skipped my meds for about 3 months because my medication aid was giving me a problem. The medical then prescribed Atenef,
    my blood test showed no bad sign the doctor told I’m still doing well,willl this have any effects, will I not develop any resistance? I’m panicking because of this.

  3. Roy Trevelion

    Hi zz,

    It looks like your doctor has given you Atenef as PEP. PEP is taken after a possible HIV risk for a month. Please see this link for more info about PEP.

  4. zz

    Hi I’m hiv negative 2 days ago I sleept with hiv positive guy without a condom now my Dr rested me and still negative but gave me Atenef tables for 30 days is this ok?

  5. Roy Trevelion

    Hi Bongi, Yes, and you can find out more about HIV pregnancy and women’s health here.

  6. bongi

    can I still get pregnant if I take atenef?


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