A client with HIV infection who also has a Mycobacterium
avium complex infection is started on clarithromycin (Biaxin) and ethambutol
(Myambutol). What appropriate teaching should the nurse give this client?
1. You will remain contagious until drug treatment is
completed. 2. These drugs will only be required for a short period of time,
approximately 2 to 3 weeks. 3. Drug therapy will be stopped if CD4 counts drop
below 50 cells/mL. 4. It will be necessary to continue these drugs for a pro –
longed period of time to adequately treat the infection.