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Drugs Are Tipping The Scales Against HIV

Scary flu epidemics have come and gone, including SARS and the H1N1 virus that each passed through the United States several years ago. However, neither of these compared to the way HIV gripped people’s hearts and panicked their minds back in the 80s and early 90s.

The biggest problem was the lack of information. People knew it was a deadly disease that tended to hit certain populations harder than others, but it wasn’t clear how much contact was required to catch HIV. There was also the fact that symptoms can take months to surface as AIDS, but the virus can still find new hosts before then. It was a silent, patient killer, and there wasn’t much medicine could do at the time.

Still, companies slowly started coming out with useful drugs as the early 90s continued. These advanced retroviral drugs protect your T cells from HIV, and although they had strong side effects and weren’t perfectly effective, they did improve the outlook of infected teens and adults. No successful vaccine has passed muster to this day, but living with HIV was becoming less and less like a death sentence.

Recently, a British study performed by the University of Bristol has noted that the projected lifespan of someone with HIV in a developed nation has gone up by 10 years when you compare infected young adults from 1996 and 2010. This is all thanks to the advanced new drugs used today, drugs that improve effectiveness, reduce the side effects, and come in combinations that improve prescription adherence. As a result, someone with the virus can easily live into his or her 70s and beyond.

Unfortunately, the prognosis is not so happy everywhere. In too many developing African nations, where HIV remains widespread, access to these effective drugs remains limited. Some of that is due to wealth, some of that is thanks to a lack of infrastructure for finding cases and getting them the drugs they need, and part of that comes from the civil wars and civil unrest that still plague the continent.

Even in some developed nations, paying for a lifetime supply of HIV drugs can be dauntingly expensive. Thankfully, there are ways to reduce this cost through factors like insurance copays and pharmacy discounts. The USA Rx pharmacy discount card is one such example, a discount you can easily sign up for by giving us your name and an email address where we can send you your card. Our card can get you discounts of up to 75 percent off generics and brand names, and if your insurance covers it you can pay whichever price is smaller.

To get more info, you can send an email to [email protected] or call us at 888-277-3911.

Published June 15th, 2017 by Stephanie Clegg
Fact Checked by Chris Riley

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