Introduction to Combination Therapy (2013)
1 April 2013. Related: News.
Two of the most widely used treatment guides have been updated.
The April 2013 edition of Introduction to Combination Therapy includes four new sections.
This guide includes information about the most important aspects of HIV treatment. It is written and reviewed by HIV-positive treatment people and uses everyday language to explain medical terms.
Main changes to this edition include:
The main changes to this edition including new sections on:
- Why treatment guidelines don’t all use the same CD4 count to start treatment – this link online and new page 18 in the print/PDF.
- Using treatment to reduce the risk of transmission. This includes starting treatment earlier – this link online and new page 19 in the print/PDF (and throughout the guide).
- Changes to the structure of NHS services and access to different drugs in the UK – this link online and new page 39 in the print/PDF.
- Generic HIV drugs: which meds are affected, changes in formulations and safety of generics – this link online and new page 40 in the print/PDF.
Updates include new infomation on:
- Treatment for people who control HIV for many years without treatment (in “Does everyone need treatment“.
- Treatment during primary infection (in “Early diagnosis and primary infection“).
- Pipeline drugs that are likely to become available before the next update of this guide ( in “Other meds that are sometimes used“).
Updates to the ARV chart inserted as a 4-page section into the centre pages of the print version:
- The 800 mg formulation of darunavir.
- New references to generic ARVs for nevirapine, 3TC, AZT, ddI and efavirenz.
- Integrase inhibitors that are likely to be approved within the next few months.
- And, some of the least used ARVs have been moved to the back page of the ARV insert.