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Intelence is a medication that is used for the treatment of HIV and AIDS. It is not intended to be used alone; instead, it is used as part of an HIV "cocktail." Healthcare providers often prescribe this medication to people who have developed resistance to other HIV medicines. Occasionally, healthcare providers may also recommend off-label uses of Intelence, such as for preventing HIV infection in people exposed to the virus.
Intelence® (etravirine) is a prescription medication used to treat HIV and AIDS in adults and children who are at least six years of age. It is part of a group of medications known as non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs, for short). It is approved for use in people who have developed resistance to other HIV medications.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). At first, an HIV infection usually does not cause any obvious symptoms (see HIV Symptoms), and most people have no idea that they have been infected with HIV (unless they happen to be tested for HIV). However, by killing or damaging cells of the body's immune system, HIV will eventually begin to progressively destroy the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers (see AIDS Symptoms).
HIV is commonly spread through sexual contact with an infected partner. HIV transmission also happens through contact with infected blood, which frequently occurs among IV drug users (who share needles or syringes contaminated with blood from someone infected with the virus). Women with HIV can transmit the virus to their babies during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding.
Intelence is not intended to be used alone. Instead, it is used as part of an HIV "cocktail." These cocktails usually consist of three or four (or sometimes five) different HIV medications (technically known as highly active antiretroviral therapy, or HAART). Using combinations of medications helps to prevent the virus from becoming resistant to one or more of the drugs.