When I saw my co-worker with a package of Atripla medication, I was very concerned. Should I believe he/she has HIV or can there be another explanation?
Well, Atripla is (tri-med in one) pill that is taken as a treatable regiment to bring down an HIV+ person's viral load & for the most part their blood tests will show no virus & their immune system i.e., CD4 cells rapidly start recovering, thus allowing the individual to stay healthy and not get sick and live a normal life. Unlike the stigma of the past, HIV the newer meds now allow HIV people to stay healthy and live longer normal lives. I know of an 82 year old who has lived with this since day one. The problem with this dibilitating disease is that the virus, although once undetectible lies dormant within the CD1 or 2 cells (I forgot which, it is so complicated) and flushing those viruses out is the problem in curing this Horrible disease. Scientist have recently discovered a new drug compound that destroyed the virus completely, the only problem is how to administer it to humans without killing them. A recent study that has shown some God sent promising cure (believe it or not) was found in a chemical compound in bananas. Lab research using rodents, showed that it killed the virus and the animal is cured of the disease & doing remarkable well. The problem now is that they have to do human assays/studies to determine what or if any long term effects there are on the body. So things are looking up, but has to get approved by the FDA & may take a few years. That's the way it works. Now to be on the serious side of your question concerning your co-worker, you absolutely cannot get HIV from casual contact, kissing, touching, etc. They would have to bleed over you & get it in your system through a cut or wound or have intimate unprotected sex. The disease is 99.9% of the time acquired through sexual contact and is passed through the blood in semen or even a women can pass it to a man from the vaginal mucosal membranes which has blood. Some unfortunate people have actually acquired it through blood transfusions from the past. That is hardly the case now. The other way to get it is through using shared contaminated needles by drug addicts. Now on the up & up, whether you saw your co-worker with this medicine & whether he/she is HIV positive or not is very invasive of their privacy. Would it make any difference if they were diabetic . . SO WHAT! IF this person is HIV+,then they are having enough hardship in their life without you adding to it. AS it is this person is probably devasted. If he/she wanted you to know, obviously they would have told you.I should expect as a co-worker you would demonstrate a little more restraint & compasion instead of prying into their private life. You wouldn't like it if they did this too you! You would no doubt be furiously offended . . .I would. And I also know as a fact there is no way you could have determined what medication they had unless you were up close or held it in your hands ... prescription print is not something you can read from a distance it is very small. I am really appalled at your question. You need to surf the Web and get a little education on the disease if you are so concerned about it and lastly you don't need to go around especially in the work place and tell every Tom, Dick, Sally & Harry what you saw or what you MAY PERCEIVE you think you saw of your co-worker. You are & can be treading on legal ground if you pursue this any further. It is called discrimination & an invasion of privacy . . . . you can be sued. So be very careful of what you say. Sorry if you don't like my info or answer, but this is the way life is. Just get over it.
- Atripla Information for Consumers
- Atripla Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Atripla (detailed)
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