HIV/AIDS Glossary

Backbone

The two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) upon which an initial HIV regimen is built. To complete the HIV regimen, the two NRTIs are combined with a third antiretroviral HIV drug from either the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI), protease inhibitor (PI), or integrase strand transfer inhibitor (INSTI) drug class.

Related Term(s): Integrase Strand Transfer Inhibitor, Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor, Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor, Protease Inhibitor, Treatment Regimen

Image(s):

(Click to enlarge)
The basis of an HIV treatment plan

Search the Glossary

What's this?

Print

AIDSinfo Glossary App

Download Glossary