There is a vast range of drugs presently used for treatment of HIV
related infections. Over the period of treatment, virus may develop mutation
and hence resistance against regular and proven drugs. Instead of direct
exposure of new drugs to the patient, tests can be performed ex-situ to check
if mutation in the virus will hinder the next treatment.
There are mainly three classes of drugs used for treatments: Protease
inhibitors, Integrase inhibitors and Reverse transcriptase inhibitors.
This test should be performed before administration of drugs and
planning a treatment for the affected individual. Sample accepted for this test
is EDTA Plasma. Turn around time is 15 days.