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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 important, 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 if you’re unsure about someone’s status, don’t share syringes for injection drug use, and use take the HIV prevention medication called PrEP if you think you're at risk of HIV.

What Should I Do if I Take Too Much Descovy?

If you take more than one dose of Descovy at a time, contact your health care provider immediately. If your health care provider isn’t available, call your poison control center or go to the emergency room for assistance right away. Who Descovy is Right For…

What is Descovy used for?

Descovy is a once daily pill approved for two purposes: as part of an HIV treatment regimen and also as a key part of a complete PrEP regimen. As PrEP, it’s up to 99% effective in preventing HIV.  What Should I Tell My Doctor Before Taking…

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…

Is it safe and accurate to send lab tests through the mail?

After you collect samples using one of our home test kits, you seal samples in individual plastic bags we provide, place the plastic bags in the box the kit arrived in, and place the box into a prepaid mailer which you seal and return. This packaging prevents your…

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…

What Are HIV Mouth Sores?

Mouth sores are one of the most common symptoms of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This symptom is more likely to occur at later stages of infection, including symptomatic HIV infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). It can also be a symptom of an infection developed as a…

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…

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…

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…

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 a brand name 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…

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…

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…

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