Health care providers can now access local and provincial HIV-related resources by visiting the Northern Health Care Provider Practice Support contact list.
HIV is a virus that uses the human immune system (specifically CD4 cells) to replicate. This weakens immune function and can lead to many opportunistic infections. A prescribed combination of antiretroviral medications (sometimes referred to as an HIV cocktail) can slow disease progression and prolong survival by decreasing viral replication. This regimen is specifically chosen by incorporating the individual’s medical history, resistance patterns or genetic predispositions to optimize activity against the virus and to minimize toxicities for the patient.
As a community pharmacist involved in HIV care, it is important that you review the following:
St. Paul’s Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy Hotline
Consult with one of our HIV pharmacists to get advice regarding antiretrovirals or if you would like more resources.