Interruption of nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) therapy for 2 months has no effect on levels of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 in plasma of patients harboring viruses with mutations associated with resistance to NNRTIs.


A 2-month interruption of only nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) for patients carrying mutations associated with resistance to NNRTIs was followed by no change in either viral load or CD4 cell counts. These data suggest that these compounds have lost all of their in vivo antiviral activity in such cases. 


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