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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

HIV and AIDS:
Case 4

One of your clinic patients is a 35-year-old man with AIDS on Medicare who is an active intravenous drug user. He uses heroin and cocaine, but he never shares needles and is reliably present at all his clinic visits. He admits that he is often unable to take his medicines regularly when he is using drugs. He is asking about antiretroviral therapy with protease inhibitors. You have just read that HIV viral resistance to protease inhibitors occurs rapidly when patients are unable to take their medicines reliably.

Should you prescribe protease inhibitors to this patient?

Discussion

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