What is HIV?

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that causes AIDS which is a disease of the immune system. Symptoms of HIV/AIDS may not show up for up to 10 years. Symptoms can vary, but common ones include: chills, fever, rashes, night sweats, weight loss, weakness, and swollen lymph glands.

There is no cure. There are however, treatments that can prolong life. Common drug classes used to treat HIV are CCR5 antagonists, HIV entry inhibitors, HIV integrase strand transfer inhibitors, HIV NNRTIs, HIV NRTI / integrase strand transfer inhibitor combinations, HIV NRTI / NNRTI combinations, HIV NRTIs, and HIV protease inhibitors.

Savings Tips for HIV

  • Two New HIV Drugs Hit Pharmacies

    May 26, 2016

    For years, HIV and AIDS treatment required several different pills—many of which were large and hard to take, and came with side effects like nausea and vomiting.

    Today, advancements in HIV treatment can mean taking as little as one pill at a time—and two more options, Odefsey and Descovy, were just approved by the FDA.

    What is Odefsey used for?
    Odefsey is a complete regimen for the treatment of HIV-1 in patients 12 years and older. See More

  • Stribild vs Genvoya: Is There a Better Option for HIV?

    April 20, 2016

    You may remember that HIV and AIDS treatment back in the 1980s, 1990s, and even the early 2000s required several different pills. Many of these pills were large and difficult to swallow, and caused a lot of side effects like nausea and vomiting. Today, advancements in the management of HIV can mean treatment with as little as one pill.

    Both Stribild and Genvoya offer a combination of four different medications, available as a single pill, for the treatment of HIV. See More

  • How Can I Protect Myself from HIV?

    October 07, 2015

    HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, is an important new HIV prevention option for folks who do not have HIV infection, but are at significant risk for acquiring it. Did you know that you can take one pill a day to prevent acquiring HIV?
    The medication approved by the FDA for HIV PrEP is emtricitabine/tenofovir (Truvada).

    Truvada can reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 92 percent when taken once a day as prescribed. See More

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Popular HIV Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
HIV NNRTIs 1,722 See Prices
HIV NRTI / Integrase Strand Transfer Inhibitor Combinations 3,021 See Prices
HIV Integrase Strand Transfer Inhibitors 1,709 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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