Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - An antiretroviral (ART) cocktail of drugs is the best-known defense for people living with AIDS slowing or stopping the progression of the disease and allowing the body's natural immune system to catch up and repair itself. Since HIV is always mutating, taking a combination of several drugs helps the medicine to stay one step ahead. The purpose of taking an antiretroviral cocktail is to maintain the medicine's effectiveness in reducing the amount of the virus (HIV) in the blood. PeaceHealt.org explains the basics of antiretroviral therapy. "Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the combination of several antiretroviral medicines used to slow the rate at which HIV makes copies of itself (multiplies) in the body. A combination of three or more antiretroviral medicines is more effective than using just one medicine (monotherapy) to treat HIV." One Truvada pill is the combination of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine. Interestingly, reducing the amount of virus in the blood reduces it in genital secretions as well and may reduce the chances of an HIV positive individual transmitting the disease. Attorneys representing Americans nationwide offer a no obligation, free consultation to people affected by Truvada side effects before filing a Truvada lawsuit claim.
There are many drawbacks to taking Truvada, the most effective antiretroviral AIDS management medication currently available. Number one on the list is the deadly side effects of the drug that have been reported including bone density loss and kidney failure. Individuals have filed lawsuits against Gilead Sciences, the maker of Truvada, for failing to warn them of the drug causing osteoporosis, a lessening of bone density that makes them weaker and prone to fracturing during normal physical activities like walking or bumping into things. Drug Watch warns readers that Truvada may cause " headaches, rash, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss. Rare but serious side effects include kidney and liver problems, bone loss, potentially fatal lactic acidosis, and immune reconstitution syndrome." Another drawback to using Truvada is that it must be taken daily to be effective. Uninformed Truvada patients have said that they sometimes miss taking their daily Truvada pill and will double up a day or two later rendering the drug useless. Young adult gay teenagers living in inner cities, the demographic most likely to contract HIV, fail to seek Truvada thinking that applying for and taking Truvada will stigmatize them among their peers. Truvada is also not a substitute for wearing a condom during sex and experts think that Truvada may encourage unprotected sex and increase the spread of other serious sexually transmitted diseases. Possibly the greatest drawback of Truvada, however, is the medicine's $1800 per month price tag that prevents all but those with good medical coverage from being able to afford it.
One of Truvada's more serious side effects may just be coming to light. One antiretroviral combination is now being linked to diminishing essential gut micro-bacteria that is essential in fighting other viruses like the Corona Virus. Truvada may cause cardiovascular diseases reported by HIV positive patients. POZ reported, "The combination antiretroviral tablet Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine) is associated with changes to the gut-based immune system that may help individuals ward off viral infections other than HIV."
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