As of 2012, a monthly regimen of HIV drugs cost between $2,000 and $5,000 per month, according to National Public Radio. The lifetime cost for one patient's HIV drugs is approximately $500,000 or more, with many patients relying on public assistance to afford their medications.
Cash costs for HIV drugs may be lower than the amounts charged by insurance companies. Purchasing generic drugs rather than brand name drugs can result in significant savings, as Healthline points out. For instance, as of 2014, a 60-day supply of nevirapine cost $19 to $257, compared to the brand name equivalent Viramune at $850. A 30-day supply of abacavir cost $591, compared to the brand name drug Ziagen at $775. However, many of the most common HIV drugs, including Intelence, Sustiva, Truvada, Lexiva and Norvir, are not available as generic medications in the United States as of 2015.