NURS 6521N-26: ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY RESPONSE # 1 to DISCUSSION POST (Week 8): Leo Neil Ligon Deborah Lucero, RN, BS, CVRN-BC, FACCN Pharmacotherapy for HIV Treatment Dear Leo, Your post is detailed and informative. I completely agree with your perceptive regarding preventive measures. People’s perception of HIV has changed dramatically over the years. At one point, it was though of a disease affecting gay men and intravenous drug abusers; now individuals have come to understand that no one group of people are immune from the disease. In 2016, the guidelines stated that all persons infected with HIV, regardless of the CD4+ counts should be on antiretroviral treatments (CDC, 2016). Goals of therapy are to suppress the viral load to undetectable levels. Initiating drug therapy should be done immediately and post exposure prophylaxis is recommended (CDC, 2017). The advances made in treatment with HIV/AIDS are promising, but could be misleading to the patients as complacency in protection against this dangerous virus could occur.
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