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Author Topic: Truvada vs. Complera vs. Atripla  (Read 3534 times)

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Offline SetList

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Truvada vs. Complera vs. Atripla
« on: February 25, 2012, 03:00:21 AM »
I'm trying to decide between Atripla vs. Complera vs. Truvada.  Any thoughts or suggestions?  The more I read about these treatments the more they sound similar.

I'm newly diagnosed, about 5 months past seroconversion.  Latest numbers CD4: 850 VL: 24000.  Early 30s, all my other health "numbers" are good to ideal. 

Offline DanMo

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Re: Truvada vs. Complera vs. Atripla
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2012, 03:23:50 AM »
Hey SetList,

The reason they sound similar is because they practically are! Both Atripla and Complera are composed of Truvada.

Atripla is a combination of three drugs: Sustiva (efavirenz), Viread (tenofovir DF) and Emtriva (emtricitabine).

Complera is a combination of three drugs as well: Edurant (rilpivirine), Viread (tenofovir DF) and Emtriva (emtricitabine).

Truvada is a combination of two drugs: Viread (tenofovir DF) and Emtriva (emtricitabine).

So the only difference between Atripla and Complera is that Atripla includes Sustiva, while Complera includes Edurant.

Take a look at this list of drugs for more information: http://www.aidsmeds.com/list.shtml

PS: Just so you understand how all this works: HIV treatment is usually called "combo-therapy" because you need to have a combination of at least three drugs to combat HIV. This is to ensure that the HIV is getting attacked on multiple fronts and avoiding the virus from mutating and becoming resistant. So, if you opted for Truvada, for example, your doctor would still have to prescribe another drug, like maybe Isentress.
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11 Feb 2011 - Preliminary positive
07 Mar 11 - Inconclusive WB
14 Mar 11 - Diagnosed positive
05 Apr 11 - 355 (21%) / VL: 186,054
27 Apr 11 - 390 (20%) / VL: 285,095
06 Jun 11 - 298 (19%) / VL:  78,380
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