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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

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…

How can I access HIV care?

HIV is a manageable condition, with single-tablet medications available that cause very few side effects, if any, and are extremely well tolerated. But it is essential that people with HIV receive consistent, expert care and stay engaged in their treatment. Living with HIV presents certain unique challenges, especially in the…

What if I don’t want an HIV test?

HIV testing is a great way to keep yourself healthy. It is only required in a very few circumstances in the U.S., such as blood and organ donation and military service, to name a few. In all other circumstances, opting to take an HIV test is your decision. In settings…

Could I face discrimination if I’m HIV positive?

Federal and state laws protect people with certain medical conditions and disabilities, including those with HIV, from discrimination. Federal laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act protect your rights in the workplace, in housing, and in other settings. For example, the ADA requires…

Does the government track positive HIV results?

If you test positive for HIV, the law requires the clinic or any other testing site to report the test result and your name to your state or local health department so they get better estimates of the rates of HIV in your area.

What’s the difference between confidential and anonymous HIV testing?

Getting tested for HIV is voluntary and can be done through confidential or anonymous testing. Nurx offers confidential HIV testing. This means that your name and other identifying information will be attached to your test results. The results will go in your medical record and, depending on the law where…

What happens if results come back HIV positive after using the Nurx Home PrEP Test Kit?

Any HIV results will be disclosed in a sensitive and informed fashion, following state laws around result disclosure. Our team of medical providers are equipped with HIV education and links to care resources for further testing and ongoing HIV treatment. If you are living with HIV, it is…

What happens if results come back HIV positive after using the Nurx Home STI Test Kit?

If your HIV result comes back positive, Nurx™ can help you figure out your next steps. This includes educating yourself about living with HIV and finding local care resources for further testing and treatment. One of the most important things you'll need to do is start taking HIV medications known as antiretroviral therapy. This helps to prevent transmission and lower your viral load. Did you know that your partners can take a medication called PrEP to reduce their risk of getting HIV? In addition to providing helpful HIV resources, Nurx makes it easy to get a PrEP prescription online.

Can I Take a HIV Test While on PrEP?

Yes, patients using PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) should be tested every three months for HIV. What Is PrEP? PrEP is a once-daily pill that is over 99% effective at preventing HIV. This medication helps prevent those who are at a higher risk of contracting HIV from becoming infected.  PrEP…

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…

Can You Take PrEP If You Are HIV Positive?

No. PrEP is a once-daily pill that is designed to reduce the risk of HIV before you are exposed to it. It does not treat HIV and should not be used if you have already tested positive for HIV. However, if you have been exposed to HIV in…

Can I Get HIV From Someone Taking PrEP?

You can’t get HIV from someone taking PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) because this treatment is preventive and is not prescribed to people who already have HIV. Those taking the medication are doing so as a way to lessen the risk of contracting HIV, as PrEP can reduce the risk…

Can I Still Get HIV If I’m on PrEP?

When PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is used correctly, the effective rate of preventing HIV through sexual transmission is 99%. This preventive treatment option involves taking Truvada or Descovy, a once-daily pill to reduce your risk of contracting HIV. It is meant for people who are HIV-negative but have…

How Long Do the Side Effects of Truvada Last?

Truvada for PrEP does have some common side effects that often appear right away and usually last between one to two weeks. Some of the most common side effects include: Stomach cramps. Nausea. Fatigue. Dizziness. Headaches. Many people experience few to no side effects when taking Truvada, and those who…

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…

How Do I Take Truvada?

Truvada for PrEP needs to be taken daily to be effective at preventing the contraction of the HIV virus. Though taking PrEP in demand when needed can also be a reliable method. Before you obtain your prescription, you will need to know your HIV status, as…

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