Treating the individual, not just the virus
The first and most important step towards delivering personalised care for someone living with MDR HIV is to assess their full medical history to understand how the resistance has occurred and decide on the best individualised treatment approach. This may seem straightforward, but in some cases, it can be difficult to access a patient’s medical records. This challenge, combined with the general complexities of MDR HIV and how it is diagnosed, make it even more important for HCPs to consider a holistic approach to care for this patient group.
To improve health outcomes for those with MDR HIV, a strong multidisciplinary team is crucial. This includes HIV specialists and expert virologists who can determine the best available treatment for that person. Additionally, specialists like endocrinologists or cardiologists should be consulted if they have been multiple treatments over time and are experiencing age-related health issues.