Highly active antiretroviral treatment containing efavirenz or nevirapine and related toxicity in the TREAT Asia HIV Observational Database.

JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (Impact Factor: 4.39). 01/2007; 43(4):501-3. DOI: 10.1097/01.qai.0000243109.33759.81
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