Sep 28, 2010
Hello, First, thank you for all the time you dedicate to all of us. I have seen Bono from U2 on a comercial saying 2 pills for 40 cents a day are all that is needed to keep an HIV positive person alive. I have always read that people have had to use "hand fulls" of pills and "cocktails" What is the difference? Thank you!
Response from Dr. Frascino
We now have combination pills for the treatment of HIV disease. For instance Atripla contains three separate drugs: emtricitabine, tenofovir and efavirenz. For folks lucky enough to have a virus not resistant to any of the drugs in these fixed-dose combination pills, the pill burden for treatment of HIV disease can be significantly decreased. For some of us who either can't tolerate these drugs or have a resistant virus, the pill burden is much, much higher (particularly if we include Viagra or Cialis in our pill count!).
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