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NURS 6521: Advanced PharmacologyWeek EightINITIAL POSTDrug Treatments for HIV/AIDSHIV is the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Although rates of progression from HIV infection to AIDS vary significantly among individuals, the mediais approximately ten years in patients not receiving antiretroviral medications. However, over thepast 25 years HIV infection has reached epidemic proportions with nearly 33 million people worldwide are infected with HIV, of these 2 million children younger than the age of 15 are infected (Arcangelo, Peterson, Wilbur, & Reinhold, 2017). These numbers are staggering and growing. I cannot say that these numbers are because of increased complacency duet to more advanced drug treatment options. I think it is due to lack of education and the attitude towards HIV. Many people today think of HIV as a curable and manageable disease. When in fact it is not. The drug treatment for HIV is challenging to say the least, and there is no proof that it will work for every individual. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) regime can be complicated and requires