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New Finding May Help Doctors Prevent HIV Drug Resistance

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November 27, 2001
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When an individual starts taking antiretroviral drugs for HIV infection, it is important to know as soon as possible if the drugs are adequately suppressing the virus. If they are not, some patients can develop drug-resistant strains of HIV in a matter of weeks, reducing the chance that a new drug regimen will be successful. Conventional wisdom, however, says doctors must wait four to eight weeks to accurately assess how well the drugs work. But new findings suggest doctors can get the answer in one week, according to researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

When an individual starts taking antiretroviral drugs for HIV infection, it is important to know as soon as possible if the drugs are adequately suppressing the virus. If they are not, some patients can develop drug-resistant strains of HIV in a matter of weeks, reducing the chance that a new drug regimen will be successful. Conventional wisdom, however, says doctors must wait four to eight weeks to accurately assess how well the drugs work.


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NIH/National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. "New Finding May Help Doctors Prevent HIV Drug Resistance." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 November 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/11/011127005243.htm>.
NIH/National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. (2001, November 27). New Finding May Help Doctors Prevent HIV Drug Resistance. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/11/011127005243.htm
NIH/National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. "New Finding May Help Doctors Prevent HIV Drug Resistance." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/11/011127005243.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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