March 13, 2014
Help is on the way for hundreds of thousands of HIV patients who take pill after pill in their battle against the virus.
The Federal Drug Administration has approved a single pill called Atripla that will take the place of three.
"First thing you do is get up in the morning and eat breakfast and then take your pills cause usually your pills is sitting on the kitchen counter waiting for you," says a local Valley resident who has AIDS and does not want to be identified.
This Valley man tested positive for HIV 12 years ago.
"I hope that people don't think that this is a cure this is not a cure I don't foresee a cure for this disease I think in the long run its going to be a managed disease just like cancer."
However, he is hopeful this pill will shed new light on HIV and the problems associated with taking multiple pills.
And even though it's not an option for him because he is immune to the medication, he plans on living the way he does now for as long as possible.
"I'm still fighting still not trying to let this virus take me in."
The single Atripla pill is expected to be just as effective as taking each of the medications separately.