Charlottesville, Va—In the last few years, the success of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in suppressing HIV viral load levels has given people infected with HIV hope for survival. Yet while the potent multidrug regimens can prolong life for patients, they have many drawbacks. High costs, adverse effects, toxicity, and a complicated medication schedule often cause noncompliance with or abandonment of treatment. Evidence indicates that HAART cannot completely eliminate HIV from the body, as was once hoped.
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