HIV Spotlight on Center on Caring for the Newly Diagnosed Patient


What's the Next Game-Changer in HIV Treatment?

August 10, 2016


Rajesh Gandhi, M.D.

Rajesh Gandhi, M.D.

Dr. Gandhi is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the director of HIV clinical services and education at Massachusetts General Hospital.

I think long-acting drugs. I have still some patients who just find it very difficult to take a daily pill -- even once a day.

Researchers looked at the long-acting drug study [and] patients were asked about their satisfaction with their regimen. I thought it was very interesting that even people who are doing well on a pill felt like they were more satisfied with their treatment if they were getting six shots a year or a shot every month.

I have asked some patients. Personally, I've thought I would rather take a pill once a day than take a shot. But some of my patients have told me that if they could -- I've asked them in the context of PrEP [pre-exposure prophylaxis] also -- "Would you rather come in every two months for a shot or would you rather take a pill every day?" It's not scientific, but some people have told me they'd rather take a shot, even though I think of a shot as painful.

Photo courtesy of Rajesh Gandhi, M.D.

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