Know Your Numbers

Viral load is a measurement of the amount of HIV virus in the blood. It is important to talk to your healthcare professional about getting your viral load as low as possible and keeping it there. Remember, a low viral load does not mean you are cured or that you don’t have HIV anymore.

CD4+ cells, also called T cells, protect the immune system by fighting infections. Raising your CD4+ cells may help improve your immune system and thus reduce the risk of death or opportunistic infections—infections that can happen when your immune system is weak. It is important to talk to your healthcare professional about getting your CD4+ cell count as high as possible. Remember, a high CD4+ cell count doesn’t mean you are cured or that you don’t have HIV anymore. People may still get opportunistic infections or other conditions that happen with HIV infection.

Treatment Goals

INTELENCE® (etravirine), when taken with other HIV medicines, may help reduce your viral load and increase your CD4+ cells

The effect of INTELENCE® therapy on viral load and CD4+ cell count has been evaluated at 48 weeks in 2 clinical studies. Individual results with INTELENCE® may vary.

  • INTELENCE® does not cure HIV infection or AIDS. People taking INTELENCE® may still get opportunistic infections or other conditions that happen with HIV infection. You must stay on continuous HIV therapy to control HIV infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses
  • Avoid doing things that can spread HIV to others:
    • Do not share or re-use needles or other injection equipment
    • Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like toothbrushes and razor blades
    • Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safe sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom to lower the chance of sexual contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood

    Talk to your healthcare professional if you have any questions about how to prevent passing HIV to others.

Ask your healthcare professional if INTELENCE® is right for you.

Please see additional Important Safety Information below.


Important Safety Information