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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