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Donating Unused HIV Meds
May 13, 2009

I recently switched my medication regimen from Atripla to Combivir and Kaletra, as my negative husband and I are exploring the possibility of having a baby. Hence, it will be at a couple years or more before I switch back to taking Atripla. My question is - is there a way for me to donate my unused Atripla medication to some sort of organization that helps HIV positive people get meds they could not otherwise afford? I have almost 2 full months of Atripla left and will not be using them before they expire. I'd much rather see someone be able to use the meds, than to just throw them away; especially given how expensive HIV meds are for people without health insurance or prescription coverage. Thank you for responding to my question. I enjoy reading everything on this website - it's by far one of the most informative HIV sources of information I've found.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for your post.

While not formally legal in the US, many communities have medication banks for exactly this purpose. I'd contact the AIDS Service Organization ( or your healthcare provider about local options.

Best of luck with your family, BY

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