So, today I went to a new ID specialist (2nd visit). From what I hear he is the best in my area. I can appreciate a Dr that tells you with certainty the plan of action needed for my health to be in tip top shape. However, thats how I felt a couple of weeks ago. I was all mentally prepared to go in and hear my blood work results and get a prescription for my regimen, which was to be Complera. Since this is the first time I am starting meds- from what I am told,that made mea canidate for the one a day pill. Well to my surprise today, it was something totally different. I was asked "Would I like to be part of a study?' Soley for the fact I am HIV poz and never took a regimen before- This makes me a great canidate (from what I am told). Going back to my first visit, I was offered 3 med options: Atripla, Complera, and Stribil which are all one a day pills. My Dr told me Atripla was not a good idea for me to start with, and that he was leaning more towards Complera. (again I was all prepared to start Compera today) However, now I am thrown for a loop and don't know what to do. The study is for Stribil TDF and Stribil TAF. The TDF form is currently on the market, but TAF is suppose to be easier on the kidneys/bones vs the TDF form. What do I do about this?
I dont want to be selfish and say No, because someone along the line had to do a study in order for current meds on the market now. Im also not sure if I want to say Yes, Because they are looking for complications/side effects of this drug and I'd be the test dummy. Please help with some suggestions or experience…. thanks.