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HIV Prevention

For those looking to stay HIV negative, there are several ways you can prevent an infection. Using condoms is always recommended, but we also encourage you to get regular testing, communicate with your partners about when they were last tested or had a potential exposure, limit sexual activities to oral sex if you’re unsure about someone’s status, don’t share syringes for injection drug use, and use a medication called PrEP

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 can get free Descovy through many insurance providers. To find…

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. How Can I Contact Gilead Sciences? If you have general questions about the company, you can call corporate headquarters at 1-800-GILEAD-5. For questions about medical information,…

Does Insurance Cover Descovy?

Many insurance providers cover PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) medications like Descovy®. Medicare and Medicaid plans also may cover Descovy. How Do I Find Out if My Insurance Provider Covers Descovy? To learn whether your insurance plan covers Descovy, contact your provider. Ask whether your plan covers PrEP treatments and what your…

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…

How Do I Take Descovy?

Descovy® is a daily pill for PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis). You should take one dose every day. How Often Do I Take Descovy? Take one Descovy tablet at the same time every day, whether or not you think you’ve been exposed to HIV. You can take the pill with or without…

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 of Truvada, the first FDA approved PrEP. Each tablet in Descovy’s…

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…

Can I Use My Copay Card for Descovy?

Yes. Now that Descovy is an approved pre-exposure prophylactic (PrEP) by the Food and Drug Administration, you can use your Gilead Advancing Access copay coupon card to pay for your prescription of Descovy. If you don’t already have a card, you will need to meet eligibility requirements to join…

What Are the Side Effects of Descovy?

Descovy is the most recent prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration for PrEP. The instances of side effects from the use of Descovy have been reported as mild to moderate and occur in less than 5% of Descovy users. Depending on…

What is Descovy?

Descovy is taken orally every day with or without food for the prevention of HIV. More commonly known as pre-exposure prophylactic, or PrEP, Descovy is a once-daily prescription medication. After Truvada, Descovy is only the second drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of HIV.

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 the treatment of HIV-1 as well as for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in men and transgender women who have sex with men. If you’re considering using Descovy to prevent…

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 to reduce…

What Is an HIV Test?

An HIV test is a test that can detect antibodies in your body to determine if you have been exposed to HIV. 99% of people who have been exposed to HIV develop antibodies that are detectable within six weeks. Sexually active people should get an HIV test once per year…

How do HIV tests work?

Most HIV tests, including most rapid tests and home tests, look for antibodies. Antibodies are produced by your immune system when you’re exposed to viruses like HIV or bacteria. HIV antibody tests look for these antibodies to HIV in your blood or oral fluid. It takes time for the body…

What Are the Different Types of HIV Tests?

Some of the different kinds of HIV tests available include: Nucleic acid tests. Antigen/antibody combination tests. Antibody tests. Tests You Can Get at the Doctor’s Office You can have all three of the above tests done at your doctor’s office. All of them involve taking a sample of your blood,…

How Accurate Are HIV Tests?

Modern HIV tests are extremely accurate, but precise accuracy all depends on how long after HIV exposure you get tested and what kind of test you’re using. Generally, HIV tests after the three-month window are more than 99.97% accurate. However, no HIV tests can tell if you’re infected if you…

Which HIV Tests Are the Most Accurate?

Antigen/antibody tests conducted in a lab (as opposed to on-site rapid tests) are the most accurate types of HIV test with at least a 99% accuracy rate. Types of HIV Tests There are three types of HIV tests: Antibody tests: Most rapid HIV tests and…

Why is a blood test better than a saliva test for HIV?

HIV tests that rely on saliva can’t detect HIV until someone has been infected for 3 months or more — that’s how long it takes for enough virus to build up in the body to be detected in saliva. However, blood spot tests like the one included in…

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