US Approves First-Ever Pill to Help Fight HIV

A daily regimen of Truvada is estimated to cost $14,000 per year, putting it out of reach for many [GALLO/GETTY]

Although enormously expensive the Truvada pill has finally been released. Truvada is the first pill known to directly fight the spread of HIV.

A Three year study in healthy HIV carrier up to almost 42%. This is huge milestone and despite its hefty price I believe we are actually ready to start combatting HIV and AIDS, instead of elongating pan and suffering. With an estimated 50,000 new cases per year we need more pro-active measures to help combat HIV and AIDS. Truvada may be the beginning of the end.

Of course like any medication Truvada is not without its nasty side effects. Truvada has been known to cause nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headaches and weight loss. Is it really worth it? The answer will always be yes to those that suffer and live with the HIV and AIDS virus.

It may be a baby step but we ARE on the right track. Let’s end this epidemic.

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