Management of Severely Immunocompromised Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1--Infected African Orphans with Structured Treatment Interruption: Another Kind of Salvage Therapy

Chakraborty, Rana; Musoke, Rachel; Palakudy, Tresa; Cross, Alexandra; D'Agostino, Angelo
June 2003
Clinical Infectious Diseases;6/1/2003, Vol. 36 Issue 11, p1483
Academic Journal
Without an effective therapeutic human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 vaccine, providing cost-effective, minimally toxic antiretroviral therapy to the many individuals already infected with HIV-1 is a global priority. Implementation of a structured treatment interruption (STI) regimen may be a promising intervention for HIV-1 infection. We adopted this approach out of necessity for 3 severely immunocompromised African children naive to therapy, and increases in the T lymphocyte count and improved quality and sustainability of life 2 years after initiation of the STI regimen were noted.


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