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Highly active antiretroviral therapy

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Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is a collection of "drug regimens, for patients with HIV infections, that aggressively suppress HIV replication. The regimens usually involve administration of three or more different drugs including a HIV protease inhibitor[1]

HAART does not include drugs that treat complications of AIDS. For example, while it is quite common to prescribe prophylactic antimicrobial agents to an immunosuppressed patient, these are adjuncts to HAART. Treatment of clinical manifestations such as HIV wasting syndrome, are also complementary to HAART but not part of it.


  1. Anonymous (2019), Highly active antiretroviral therapy (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.