Understanding HIV/AIDS

HIV is a serious condition that can affect your health and create challenges. So, it is very important that you get and take proper care. A positive attitude is helpful when dealing with HIV.

What Is HIV/AIDS?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. The 3 most common ways people get HIV are by:

  • Having unprotected sex with someone infected with HIV
  • Sharing needles with someone infected with HIV
  • Having their mother spread HIV to them during pregnancy, at birth, or through breastfeeding

If you have HIV, you can lose cells that help protect your body from infection. These cells are called CD4+ cells or T cells. When your body loses too many CD4+ cells, your immune system is weakened. When this happens, your body has a very hard time fighting off illnesses.


The difference between HIV and AIDS

HIV is the cause of AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). HIV becomes AIDS when a person’s immune system has too few CD4+ cells or when a person gets an illness that is specifically related to AIDS. By this point, the body has become so weakened that it can no longer fight infections effectively. Right now there is no cure for HIV or AIDS.

Talk to your healthcare professional to learn more about HIV and AIDS.

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Important Safety Information
What are the possible side effects of INTELENCE®?

INTELENCE® can cause serious side effects including:

  • Severe skin rash and allergic reactions. Skin rash is a common side effect of INTELENCE®. The risk of getting a skin rash is higher in females. Rarely, rash can be severe and may lead to death. Severe skin rash with blisters or peeling skin, including the area around the mouth or eyes, may happen more frequently in children less than 18 years of age who take INTELENCE® in combination with other HIV-1 medicines than in adults. Call your healthcare provider right away if a rash develops; severe cases may need to be treated in a hospital
  • If you get a rash with any of the following symptoms, stop taking INTELENCE® and call your healthcare provider right away:
    • fever
    • generally ill feeling
    • extreme tiredness
    • muscle or joint aches
    • blisters or sores in mouth
    • blisters or peeling of the skin
    • redness or swelling of the eyes
    • swelling of the mouth, lips, or face
    • problems breathing
  • Sometimes allergic reactions can affect body organs, such as your liver. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of liver problems:
    • yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes
    • dark or tea-colored urine
    • pale-colored stools (bowel movements)
    • nausea or vomiting
    • loss of appetite
    • pain, aching, or tenderness on the right side of your stomach area
  • Changes in your immune system can happen when you start taking HIV medicines. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden
  • Changes in body fat can happen in people taking HIV-1 medicines. The cause and long-term health effects of this condition is not known
  • The most common side effects of INTELENCE® in adults include rash as well as numbness, tingling or pain in the hands or feet
  • The most common side effects of INTELENCE® in children include rash and diarrhea

This is not a complete list of all side effects. If you experience these or other symptoms, contact your healthcare provider right away.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking INTELENCE®?
  • Before taking INTELENCE®, tell your healthcare provider if you:
    • have liver problems, including hepatitis B or C
    • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant during treatment with INTELENCE®
    • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you take INTELENCE®. INTELENCE® can pass to your baby in your breast milk. You should not breastfeed if you have HIV because of the risk of passing HIV to your baby
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements
  • Do not start a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider

You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see the full Product Information in PDF format for more details.

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About INTELENCE® (etravirine)
  • INTELENCE® is a prescription medicine that is used in combination with other antiretroviral medicines to treat human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection in adults and children 2 years of age and older, who have taken HIV-1 medicines in the past. HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
  • INTELENCE® is not recommended for use in children less than 2 years of age.

INTELENCE® does not cure HIV infection or AIDS. You must stay on continuous HIV therapy to control your HIV infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses.

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

Important Safety Information
What are the possible side effects of INTELENCE®?

INTELENCE® can cause serious side effects including:

  • Severe skin rash and allergic reactions. Skin rash is a common side effect of INTELENCE®. The risk of getting a skin rash is higher in females. Rarely, rash can be severe and may lead to death. Severe skin rash with blisters or peeling skin, including the area around the mouth or eyes, may happen more frequently in children less than 18 years of age who take INTELENCE® in combination with other HIV-1 medicines than in adults. Call your healthcare provider right away if a rash develops; severe cases may need to be treated in a hospital
  • If you get a rash with any of the following symptoms, stop taking INTELENCE® and call your healthcare provider right away:
    • fever
    • generally ill feeling
    • extreme tiredness
    • muscle or joint aches
    • blisters or sores in mouth
    • blisters or peeling of the skin
    • redness or swelling of the eyes
    • swelling of the mouth, lips, or face
    • problems breathing
  • Sometimes allergic reactions can affect body organs, such as your liver. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of liver problems:
    • yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes
    • dark or tea-colored urine
    • pale-colored stools (bowel movements)
    • nausea or vomiting
    • loss of appetite
    • pain, aching, or tenderness on the right side of your stomach area
  • Changes in your immune system can happen when you start taking HIV medicines. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden
  • Changes in body fat can happen in people taking HIV-1 medicines. The cause and long-term health effects of this condition is not known
  • The most common side effects of INTELENCE® in adults include rash as well as numbness, tingling or pain in the hands or feet
  • The most common side effects of INTELENCE® in children include rash and diarrhea

This is not a complete list of all side effects. If you experience these or other symptoms, contact your healthcare provider right away.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking INTELENCE®?
  • Before taking INTELENCE®, tell your healthcare provider if you:
    • have liver problems, including hepatitis B or C
    • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant during treatment with INTELENCE®
    • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you take INTELENCE®. INTELENCE® can pass to your baby in your breast milk. You should not breastfeed if you have HIV because of the risk of passing HIV to your baby
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements
  • Do not start a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider

You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see the full Product Information in PDF format for more details.

cp-63740v3

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About INTELENCE® (etravirine)
  • INTELENCE® is a prescription medicine that is used in combination with other antiretroviral medicines to treat human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection in adults and children 2 years of age and older, who have taken HIV-1 medicines in the past. HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
  • INTELENCE® is not recommended for use in children less than 2 years of age.

INTELENCE® does not cure HIV infection or AIDS. You must stay on continuous HIV therapy to control your HIV infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses.

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