Sketchy Online Pharmacies Contribute to Huge Drop in HIV Infections

If you engage in sexual practices that place you at a higher risk for contracting HIV, you should consider taking a drug called Truvada. It’s a combination of two antiretroviral drugs, emtricitabine and tenofovir, that act as a pre-exposure prophylaxis against the virus. When taken at least four times a week, it reduces the risk of infection to perhaps 100%.

It is so effective that, for most people, access to the drug should be trivial. Yet, up until very recently, this was not the case. In 2015 in the United Kingdom, for example, though the drug had been approved, the National Health Service was not making it available. Defying conventional medical advice, however, many gay men turned to what most would consider sketchy online foreign pharmacies. Their willingness to take charge of their health care–coupled with a heroic appetite for legal risk on the part of the anonymous internet entrepreneurs–resulted in a 40% drop in HIV diagnoses in London and a 1/3 drop across England in just one year.

Even more startling, this tremendous public health victory may be due in large part to the tireless advocacy of a single man, Greg Owen, an unemployed and homeless man who, after being diagnosed as HIV-positive, educated thousands of gay men in how to buy Truvada online. Owen’s site, I Want PrEP Now, is a remarkable testament to the ability for individuals to control their own health care more effectively and dynamically than health industry bureaucrats.

Are you facing financial hardship because of the cripplingly high cost of the medicines you need to take? While there are risks inherent to buying pharmaceuticals online–dosage, purity, authenticity–you should consider investigating how to buy drugs from the internet. Some online pharmacies ask for a prescription, others don’t. The Dark Web also has many well-reviewed vendors selling licit and illicit medicines. Note that not all of your options may be legal–but your health may matter more than the law.



For inspiration, Greg Owen’s story, as reported by Buzzfeed here, is well worth reading.

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