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ARV SIDE EFFECTSIntroductionThe subject of this programme is the side effects of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). Asyou know, ARVs are powerful medicines that can reverse the effects of AIDS, andhelp us live healthily with HIV. Without ARVs, many, many people with HIV woulddie.CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION TO SIDE EFFECTS- Major side effects are those that mean that we have to change our ARV regimen.- Minor side effects will get better or can be easily treated.- Every medication has side effects. ARVs are not alone.- ARVs are not a poison - the real poison is HIV. We take ARVs to fight thepoisonous HIV.- The first line regimen consists of Efavirenz or Nevirapine and d4T and 3TC. We aregoing to look at the possible side effects of these pills. This means that noteveryone who takes ARVs is subject to side effects.- On average, only one in ten people on ARVs experiences a side effect whichmeans they have to change their drugs during the first three years on treatment.- Side effects of ARVs have been very controversial in South Africa, and there hasbeen a lot of negative propaganda on the subject. HIV denialists - those who sayHIV does not exist, or who say it can be treated without ARVs - are completelyopposed to the use of antiretrovirals. The denialists claim that ARVs are too toxicto be used.-ARVs can have severe side effects, just like many other medicines, such as TBtreatment or cancer treatment. But if you go straight to your health care worker themoment

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