You have a new lover and they want to spoil you. They bring you a nice bottle of cologne and tell you to spray on some whenever you want. It’s a beautiful day and you’ve been feeling good all week. You decide to go for a walk with your dog and head to the park. In the park, there are people picnic-ing and playing sports. You sit down on a bench with your dog and watch the children playing. After a while, your dog starts looking at you in a strange way so you call him. He runs over and starts licking your face. You return the favor and give him a nice long kiss on the nose. Suddenly, you feel dizzy and when you get up, you find yourself walking home. You call your boyfriend and let them know what happened. They take you to the hospital and you find out that you’re infected with HIV – the virus that causes AIDS. You have three choices: you can live with it, die from it or embrace it. You decide to fight it and take your medication that will hopefully make you live a long and healthy life. It’s been four years since you’ve been diagnosed and you’ve kept off the meds. You’re now a healthy and happy person and have been enjoying life since your diagnosis.
The story so far: you’re a young, beautiful women who wants to be spoiled and taken care of. You’ve been seeing a wealthy older man for a while and finally his offers of marriage are serious. You say yes and he pops the question at a luxurious engagement party. The guests give you a beautiful wedding gift – a nice bottle of cologne. You start using the perfume and it brings back happy memories of your honeymoon. A few months later, you find out that you’re expecting a baby and celebrate the upcoming birth with your husband and friends. You keep the baby’s first outfit and bring the child to work with you. The manager is impressed – you’re the first pregnant woman he’s ever seen working there. Little does he know that your work clothes are now your baby’s napkin and your co-workers are your child’s Godparents. You love being a mother and spend the next few years being a devoted parent.
Fast forward to today. Your son is now a young adult and you want to spoil him. You bring him to lunch at a fancy restaurant and he starts acting up. The maître d’ asks you if you’re pregnant and you say no. The man at the next table overhears you and offers to buy you a box of chocolat chaud, the very thing you wanted to spoil your son with. The offer seems too good to refuse so you walk over and accept. When you get home, your son is mad at you because he thinks you’re giving him chocolat chaud again. You tell him the truth and he calms down. Nevertheless, your son now thinks that chocolat chaud is the best thing ever and wants to eat it every day. Your husband objects to this and you have to convince your son that it’s not good for his health – that it will clog up his arteries.
Does Truvada Make You Lose Weight?
The Weight Loss Drug
Truvada is a medication that’s been around for a while but is relatively new in terms of reaching epidemic proportions. It’s been approved for use in the United States but didn’t become available for prescription until 2013. Before that, it was only available through a clinical trial. Truvada is one of the medications that are part of the once-a-day, fixed-dose HIV therapy. It’s been shown in studies to significantly decrease viral load and therefore increase lifespan. When used with other HIV meds, it has also been shown to increase their effectiveness.
The HIV epidemic is now more than 25 years old. It started in the gay community and has since spread to the general population. There are currently around 2.5 million people living with HIV in the U.S. and around 35.7 million worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there will be approximately 36.7 million people living with HIV globally in 2021. Around 70% of those living with HIV are in Africa. In terms of numbers, it’s predicted that around 1.8 million Americans will be living with HIV in 2050. Due to advancements in medical science and increased testing, many people are finding out about their HIV status at an earlier stage and are living longer lives thanks to antiretroviral therapy. Unfortunately, due to the stigma that surrounds HIV (as well as other STIs), many people living with HIV choose to remain anonymous.
Why Are People Losing Weight On Truvada?
When used for HIV treatment, Truvada is usually prescribed for individuals who have recently tested positive for the virus or who have had a previous infection. It has also been shown to be effective in preventing HIV transmission. Due to its effectiveness in these areas, many people are choosing to use Truvada to shed off some weight – to be a healthier version of themselves. While this is a common motivation for people on this medication, it’s not something that should be encouraged. There are numerous health risks associated with taking Truvada, some of which are quite serious. These include liver damage, heart disease and cancer.
In fact, some studies suggest that people who are on this medication may be at an increased risk of developing liver cancer. This is especially concerning since it’s already been established that people with HIV are at an increased risk of developing liver cancer due to the virus itself. It’s also important to note that in some cases, people have developed liver tumors while on this medication. These are quite rare but should be taken seriously since there is no safe way to shed off weight in this manner. Talk to your doctor about safe and effective ways to lose weight and get back on track.
Risks And Side Effects Of Taking Truvada
Now that you know the drug’s purpose and how it works, it’s time to list its risks and side effects. These are some pretty serious stuff and you need to be aware of them before you start taking Truvada or any other medication, for that matter. Most people on this medication need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen. You also need to be aware of the risks of liver damage, heart disease and cancer. If you’re at all concerned about any of these issues, then you need to speak to your doctor about changing your medication or dosage. There is also a chance that you could develop an intolerance to Truvada (where your body fails to recognize it as a beneficial medication and starts attacking it), in which case you would need to switch medications or doses. Finally, remember that Truvada is an FDA-approved medication and there are definite risks associated with taking any medication, particularly medications that are not prescribed by your doctor.
Let’s briefly discuss some of the more serious risks and side effects of taking Truvada. First, there’s the risk of developing liver cancer. As stated above, this is something that needs to be taken very seriously since it’s highly unlikely that you will develop this kind of cancer if you follow the guidelines set by your doctor and regularly take this medication. Nevertheless, if you choose to ignore these warnings and continue taking Truvada anyway, then there’s the risk of developing liver cancer. Also, there’s the risk of developing heart disease and heart failure. These are due to the fact that this medication reduces inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the body is usually a precursor to heart disease and heart failure. In some cases, people have developed these problems while on this medication. The medications that are part of the fixed-dose combination of Truvada, known as “integrase inhibitors,” can increase the risk of developing heart disease and heart failure. This risk is mainly related to their side effect of potentially causing long-term damage to the heart. Another serious side effect is that people taking this medication have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is because Truvada enhances the body’s ability to utilize insulin and therefore lowers the patient’s blood sugar levels. Nevertheless, there’s also a chance that you will develop type 1 diabetes if you take this medication. Finally, there’s the risk of developing a skin reaction called “Stevens-Johnson syndrome.” This side effect is named after the people who originally described it but it can affect anyone, regardless of HIV status. It’s caused by an allergic reaction to Truvada and is characterized by extreme skin dryness and redness. In most cases, this side effect is mild and temporary but you should never take this medication if you are allergic to it or any of its components. The good news is that all of these risks and side effects are relatively rare. They occur in only a small percentage of people who are on this medication and only for a short period of time. In most cases, these issues can be handled successfully by changing your medication or dosage. If you follow the advice set by your doctor and take this medication as directed, then the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. Hopefully, you will continue to enjoy living a long, healthy life while taking Truvada.