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Getting Started on PrEP

PrEP is a daily pill someone who is currently not living with HIV can take to remain negative. It is a combination of two medications (tenofovir and emtricitabine), sold under the brand name “Truvada”. When taken daily, PrEP can be over 99% effective at preventing HIV. 

What is generic Truvada?

A generic version of the PrEP medication Truvada was released in September 2020.  You should know that in order for a generic substitution to be made for a branded medication, the generic medication must be proven by the FDA to have the same active ingredient, dosage…

I’m transgender. Is there anything I need to know before requesting a prescription for PrEP from Nurx?

There are two types of pills available for PrEP — Truvada and Descovy. If you ever have receptive vaginal sex, the Nurx medical team will prescribe Truvada. Descovy has yet to be proven effective at protecting against HIV for people having receptive vaginal sex.  It’s also…

How Do I Get Descovy for Free?

You can get Descovy® for free if your insurance covers the cost of your prescription. You may also qualify for a payment assistance program that eliminates your out-of-pocket costs for PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) treatment. Does My Insurance Cover Descovy? You may be able to get Descovy…

Who Makes Descovy®?

Gilead Sciences, Inc. makes Descovy®, a daily pill for PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis). Also known as Gilead, the company is based in Foster City, California. Nurx prescribes generic PrEP unless you have a medical reason why you must take Descovy.

Does Insurance Cover Descovy?

Many insurance providers cover PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) medications like Descovy®. Medicare and Medicaid plans also may cover Descovy. Usually Descovy is covered for patients that have renal disease or other medical conditions that prevent them from taking Truvada either brand or generic. How Do I Find Out if…

How Do I Get a Prescription for Descovy?

To get a prescription for Descovy®, talk with your Nurx™ medical provider. You can get a prescription in as few as seven days. How Do I Request Descovy Through Nurx? It’s easy to request a Descovy prescription via your Nurx medical provider. For discreet and judgment-free access to this PrEP…

Is Descovy Approved for PrEP?

Yes, Descovy was granted approval by the Food and Drug Administration in October 2019 as the second pre-exposure prophylactic (PrEP) medication available for cisgender men and transgender women. Descovy is made by the pharmaceutical company Gilead, the makers…

How Much Does Descovy Cost?

The average retail cost of Descovy is approximately $2,000 for a 30-day supply. The cost of Descovy may be reduced further by the use of discount coupons, insurance plans, or patient help programs developed by the medication’s manufacturer, Gilead. Descovy is approved by the Food and Drug…

Where Can I Buy Descovy?

Descovy can be purchased at most pharmacies, although a prescription and regular lab tests are required. This medication has been approved for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in adults and adolescents weighting at least 35kg to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV sexually, except for individuals at risk from receptive…

What’s the Difference Between Descovy and Truvada?

The primary difference between Truvada and Descovy is the form of tenofovir that makes up each medication. Truvada contains the original form of tenofovir, also known as tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, while Descovy contains the newer form known as tenofovir alafenamide. Both drugs are prescribed by health care professionals…

What Does HIV-Negative on PrEP Mean?

To take Truvada or Descovy for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), you must test negative for HIV. PrEP is not a treatment option for HIV, but rather is a prevention method for the virus. You can use this once-daily pill to reduce the risk of contracting HIV, especially if you are potentially…

How Do I Get a Prescription For Truvada?

You can obtain a prescription for Truvada online at Nurx™, from your primary care physician, or at a local healthcare clinic. Truvada for PrEP is a medication for HIV-negative individuals, that when taken every day and combined with safer sex practices, can significantly lower your risk of contracting…

Where Can I Get PrEP Medication?

You can get your PrEP medication online at Nurx™ or a healthcare clinic. PrEP is only available by prescription and is sold under the brand names Truvada and Descovy. PrEP is designed to lower your risk of getting HIV by over 99%. Getting PrEP Online If…

Does Insurance Cover Truvada?

Most health insurance plans will cover PrEP when prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider. You should always check with your insurance company to find out if they cover the medication and what the co-pay cost will be. Because the medication is considered a brand name prescription, it may be subject…

Where Can I Buy Truvada?

You can buy Truvada for PrEP online at Nurx™, from your local pharmacy, or a healthcare clinic. Truvada is only available by prescription and is a medication used to help reduce your risk of contracting HIV. It is highly effective when taken every day, along with other safer sex…

Who Makes Truvada?

Truvada for PrEP (HIV Prevention) is a product of Gilead Sciences Inc. In addition to Truvada, Gilead manufactures the following HIV medications: Atripla Biktarvy Complera Descovy Emtriva Genvoya Odefsey Stribild Tybost Viread Gilead Sciences also works in the fields of liver disease, hematology, oncology, cardiovascular, inflammation, respiratory,…

How Much Does Truvada Cost with Insurance?

Based on your insurance carrier and medication tier, the cost of Truvada will vary. Gilead, the manufacturer of Truvada for PrEP, offers the Gilead Copay Card to reduce the cost of PrEP to $0 per prescription for commercially insured patients. Gilead Copay Card According to the Gilead…

How Do I Get Truvada For Free?

Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of Truvada, offers two programs to reduce the cost of medications: Gilead Advancing Access and the Medication Assistance Program. Gilead Advancing Access: Patients covered by commercial insurance (employer and HealthCare Marketplace policies) can apply for a coupon card. The card, if approved, covers a maximum of $7,200 in…

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