Forty-seven patients presenting with primary human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection were treated with zidovudine 200 mg 3 times a day, lamivudine 150 mg 2 times a day, and indinavir 800 mg 3 times a day for 1 year. From a mean pretreatment viral RNA level of 4.93 log10 copies/mL, the proportions of patients having 10 copies/mL at weeks 8 and 52, respectively. CD4 cell counts increased, from a mean of 546 cells/mm3, by 142 cells/mm3 at week 24 and by 210 cells/mm3 at week 52. Three patients discontinued the study because of drug-related toxicity. Six (12.8%) patients had adverse experiences associated with nephrolithiasis. Combination therapy with zidovudine, lamivudine, and indinavir during primary HIV infection results in a profound and sustained reduction in virus load with concurrent recovery of the CD4 cell population.
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- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health