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HIV Medicine is an ever-changing field. The editors and authors of HIV Medicine 2006 have made every effort to provide information that is accurate and complete as of the date of publication. However, in view of the rapid changes occurring in medical science, HIV prevention and policy, as well as the possibility of human error, this site may contain technical inaccuracies, typographical or other errors. Readers are advised to check the product information currently provided by the manufacturer of each drug to be administered to verify the recommended dose, the method and duration of administration, and contraindications. It is the responsibility of the treating physician who relies on experience and knowledge about the patient to determine dosages and the best treatment for the patient. The information contained herein is provided "as is" and without warranty of any kind. The contributors to this site, including the editors and Flying Publisher, disclaim responsibility for any errors or omissions or for results obtained from the use of information contained herein.

© 2007 by Flying Publisher - Paris, Cagliari, Wuppertal Proofreading: Emma Raderschadt, M.D. Cover: Attilio Baghino, www.a4w.it ISBN: 3-924774-59-5 - ISBN-13: 978-3-924774-59-2

Preface 2007

As in previous years, all chapters of the 15 th edition have been thoroughly revised. Again, the book is freely available on the Internet. That is the way, we firmly believe, that medical textbooks should be handled in the 21st century.

HIV Medicine is available in Spanish, German, Russian, and Portuguese (www.hivmedicine.com/textbook/lang.htm), and translations into further languages are under way. This is clearly a challenge for the future, and the authors of HIV Medicine are ready to take the challenge. As a matter of fact, the 2008 edition is already under way.

The philosophy which governs the publication of HIV Medicine 2006 has been published at www.freemedicalinformation.com.

Christian Hoffmann Jürgen K. Rockstroh Bernd Sebastian Kamps

Hamburg, Bonn, Paris - December 2007

Preface 2003

Hardly any field of medicine has ever undergone a similar stormy development to that of the therapy of HIV infection. Little more than 10 years passed, between the discovery of the pathogen and the first effective treatment! However, there is also hardly a field that is subjected to so many fast- and short-lived trends. What today seems to be statute, is tomorrow often already surpassed. Nevertheless, therapeutical freedom must not be confused with freedom of choice. This book presents the medical knowledge that is actual today: from December 2002 to January 2003.

Because HIV medicine changes so fast, HIV Medicine 2003 will be updated every year. Additional chapters about opportunistic infections, malignancies and hepatitis are freely available at our Web site www.HIVMedicine.com. Under certain conditions, the editors and the authors of this book might agree to remove the copyright on HIV Medicine for all languages except English and German. You could therefore translate the content of HIV Medicine 2003 into any language and publish it under your own name -without paying a license fee. For more details, please see http://hivmedicine.com/textbook/cr.htm.

Christian Hoffmann and Bernd Sebastian Kamps Hamburg/Kiel and Paris/Cagliari, January 2003

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