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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 You Get PrEP For Free?

PrEP is available with $0 copay for some commercially insured patients. Gilead, the pharmaceutical company that makes PrEP, offers a coupon program called Gilead Advancing Access that’s worth up to $7,200 per year to help pay for Gilead-manufactured medications, including PrEP. Government-based insurances such as Medicaid, Medicare…

What is Truvada Used For?

Truvada, the name brand for PrEP, is a pre-exposure prophylactic medication designed to lower your risk of getting HIV. It works along with condom use and safe sexual behaviors to provide you with additional protection against sexually transmitted HIV. It does not protect against getting…

What is Truvada?

Truvada is the brand name of PrEP, a daily pill that’s up to 99% effective at preventing at-risk individuals from contracting HIV when used correctly. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis — in other words, protection before being exposed to the virus. The medication contains a combination of emtricitabine (200 mg)…

What Are the Side Effects of PrEP?

Most people who take PrEP have no major side effects. In some cases, users experience minor side effects such as weight loss, abdominal pain, or headaches, most of which go away quickly. Serious side effects associated with PrEP are very rare. Minor Side Effects Most people have few to no…

How Much Does Truvada Cost?

Truvada costs around $2,000 for a one-month supply. Most insurance companies cover all or part of the treatment. Uninsured patients have several payment assistance programs available but might have to pay  for lab testing. At Nurx™, most patients can get Truvada for free. What is Truvada?…

What Are the Side Effects of Truvada?

The side effects commonly associated with Truvada include headache, abdominal pain, and weight loss. Most people taking Truvada for PrEP report few to no side effects, and most symptoms go away relatively quickly. What is Truvada? Truvada for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a daily pill that can help…

What Activities Are High and Low Risk for HIV?

High-risk activities for HIV include having sex and sharing syringes. Low-risk activities include using condoms, practicing safer sexual behaviors, and taking medications to reduce the risk of HIV transmission. High-Risk Activities for HIV The most common high-risk behavior for HIV transmission is having unprotected sex with someone who is HIV-positive.

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…

What Role Do CD4 T-Cells Play in HIV Infection?

HIV destroys CD4 T-cells, which are white blood cells that help the body fight off infection. The more CD4 T-cells the virus kills, the weaker an HIV-positive person’s immune system grows. Medical providers make an AIDS diagnosis when the number of CD4 T-cells in an individual’s blood (also known as…

What Are CD4 T-Cells?

CD4 T-cells are white blood cells that fight off infections. HIV thrives off of attacking these cells. However, HIV treatments might help maintain the body’s T-cell count and keep a person healthy. How CD4 T-Cells Work CD4 T-cells (also known as CD4 T lymphocytes) help keep you healthy by attacking…

Can HIV Be Transmitted to Newborns?

It is possible, though very rare in the United States, for a mother to transmit HIV to her child during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding. But luckily, there are ways pregnant women with HIV can protect their babies from the virus. As long as they take a few…

Can I Get HIV From Kissing?

No, it is not possible to get HIV from kissing. HIV is only spread when the following bodily fluids come into direct contact with your bloodstream or mucous membranes: Breast milk. Vaginal fluids. Rectal fluids. Pre-seminal fluids. Semen. Blood. In the past, people thought it was possible to…

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…

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,…

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…

What Are the Benefits of Detecting HIV Early?

The main advantage of early detection of HIV is stopping the progression of the disease. If you find out you have HIV, you can start on anti-retroviral therapy (ART) right away and with early treatment, you can stay healthy and live a long and quality life. While ART is not…

What Are the Early Signs of an HIV Infection?

The early signs of HIV infection can mimic the symptoms of the flu. Symptoms to keep an eye out for include: Diarrhea Ulcers in the mouth or on the genitals Swollen lymph nodes Headache Thrush, which is an infection of the mouth Sore throat Fever Night sweats Being tired all…

What Happens If You Are Infected With HIV?

When a person acquires the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), they do not immediately develop signs and symptoms of an infection. When you are infected with HIV, your body will typically go through three stages. The First Stage (Acute HIV Infection) Most people at this stage do not have any idea…

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