Yes, there are downsides to HIV medications: They can cause unwanted side effects. They're expensive and can be a burden to take every day for the rest of your life. You can even grow resistant to certain medications and need to switch.
But treatment saves lives. Today's medications have cut the death rate from AIDS by about 80%. Until a practical cure is found, HIV medication is the best bet for keeping people alive and well -- and for reducing the risk of an HIV-positive person transmitting the virus to others.
Warren Tong is the associate editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com. Follow Warren on Twitter: @WarrenAtTheBody.
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